European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen Arrives in Kyiv

Written by Henrik Rothen

Feb.24 - 2024 8:30 AM CET

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen Arrives in Kyiv.

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On the solemn occasion marking the second anniversary of the onset of the full-scale conflict, Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, made a significant visit to Kyiv.

Her presence in the Ukrainian capital was not just a diplomatic gesture but a powerful statement of unwavering support for Ukraine amidst its ongoing struggle against Russian aggression.

Taking to social media to express her sentiments, von der Leyen highlighted the purpose of her visit, stating,

"In Kyiv to mark the anniversary of the 2nd year of Russia’s war on Ukraine. And to celebrate the extraordinary resistance of the Ukrainian people."

Her message underscored the resilience of Ukraine in the face of adversity and the comprehensive nature of the support extended by the European Union.

"More than ever, we stand firmly by Ukraine. Financially, economically, militarily, morally. Until the country is finally free," von der Leyen affirmed, reflecting the EU's commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty and freedom.

The backdrop to von der Leyen's visit was marked by anticipations and official confirmations of her travel plans. Reports earlier in the week had suggested that von der Leyen intended to make the trip alongside the Prime Minister of Belgium, reflecting the solidarity of EU member states during Belgium's current presidency of the EU Council.

Moreover, von der Leyen's political future was also highlighted, with her recent confirmation as the sole candidate from her political group for the leadership of the European Commission, contingent upon the European People's Party's success in the upcoming European Parliament elections.

Von der Leyen's journey to Kyiv, thus, symbolizes more than a ceremonial visit; it is a testament to the European Union's steadfast partnership with Ukraine. Through financial, economic, military, and moral support, the EU continues to stand with Ukraine, advocating for its liberty and resilience in the face of unwarranted aggression.

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