EU chief arrives in Kyiv, says bloc ‘stands by Ukraine’

KYIV: European Fee chief Ursula von der Leyen mentioned she had arrived in Kyiv with a group of commissioners on Thursday, a day earlier than a Ukraine-European Union summit within the war-torn nation.

“Good to be again in Kyiv, my 4th time since Russia’s invasion…. We’re right here collectively to point out that the EU stands by Ukraine as firmly as ever. And to deepen additional our assist and cooperation,” she wrote in a tweet.

She is accompanied by 15 commissioners, together with the bloc’s international coverage chief Josep Borrell.

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The Fee described the go to as a “robust image” of European assist for Ukraine “within the face of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified aggression”.

EU nations have staunchly backed Ukraine since Moscow invaded in February, by hitting Russia with waves of financial sanctions and by sending weapons to Kyiv.

In June final 12 months, Ukraine was granted EU candidate standing.