EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and 15 other Commissioners arrived in Kyiv on Thursday morning for two-day talks with the Ukrainian government. "We are here together to show that the EU is as committed to Ukraine as ever," von der Leyen wrote on Twitter. A photo showed her after arriving on the night train.
Topics of the consultations in Kyiv should be in particular further support options and the EU accession prospects for the country attacked by Russia. In addition, it should go to legal options to punish the Russian war of aggression.
It was "good to be back in Kyiv," said von der Leyen on her fourth visit to the Ukrainian capital since the Russian invasion began almost a year ago. However, it is the first time that the former German defense minister is accompanied by several commissioners. Among those present was the external representative Josep Borrell.
An EU-Ukraine summit with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will take place in Kyiv on Friday. In addition to von der Leyen, EU Council President Charles Michel also wants to take part. EU Council President Charles Michel is also expected to attend, but not the heads of state and government of the 27 member states.