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Ursula von der Leyen and Josep Borrell will meet with Volodymyr Zelensky this week in kyiv


The president of the European Comission, Ursula von der Leyenand the high representative of the EU for Foreign Policy, Joseph Borrellwill travel this week to Kyiv to meet with the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyas announced on Tuesday by the Community Executive.

“The president Von der Leyen and the high representative Joseph Borrell will visit kyiv this week to meet the president (of Ukraine) Volodymyr Zelenski before the ‘Stand Up for Ukraine’ event on Saturday in Warsaw”, the chief spokesman of the European Commission, Eric Mamer, has published on Twitter. In this way, the Community Executive has confirmed information advanced by the Slovenian Prime Minister, Janez Jansa .

It’s about the first visit that Von der Leyen and Borrell will carry out in Ukraine since the Russian invasion of the Ukrainian country began on February 24. This meeting will take place after the European Union has accused the Kremlin of perpetrating war crimes in Bucha, on the outskirts of kyiv. After 29 days of Russian occupation, dozens of corpses from civilians on the ground, some handcuffed and that they had been shot in the head.

These actions, which have been classified as war crimes by Ukraine, the EU, the United States and some NGOs, have led the European Union to start preparing a new package of sanctions against Moscow, in which it is considered as “option” to ban Russian coal and oil exports, although they must have the support of the Twenty-seven.

European visits to kyiv

In this way, the trip of the president of the Commission and the vice-president and coordinator of the Foreign Policy of the EU will take place days after the president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metzolamet last Friday in kyiv with Zelensky. “Courage, strength, determination. With Zelensky in kyiv. Long live Ukraine!” Metsola tweeted from the Ukrainian capital along with a photo in which he shook hands with Zelensky, both dressed in green short-sleeved shirts with Ukrainian flags and the European Union in the background.

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Earlier, on March 15, the Polish prime ministers, Mateusz Morawiecki; Slovenia, Janez Janssa; and Czech Republic, petr fialathey traveled together to kyiv, where they also met with Zelensky to illustrate their support to the resistance against the Russian invasion.

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On the same day, the European Commissioner for the Environment, Virginijus Sinkeviciuswhose wife is Ukrainian, briefly went to Ukraine, where until now he had been the first foray into war in Ukraine of a member of the College of European Commissioners.

Both Von der Leyen and Borrell plan to speak this Tuesday before the European Parliament, meeting in plenary session in Strasbourg (France).


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