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EU Commission chief visits Kyiv to discuss Ukraine’s candidacy bid

PoliticsEU Commission chief visits Kyiv to discuss Ukraine’s candidacy bid

Kyiv (The Times Groupe)- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal met with European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday at Kyiv, as heavy fighting continues in eastern Ukraine.

“We will take stock of the reconstruction work and the progress made by Ukraine on its European path,” Ursula von der Leyen wrote on Twitter.

Von der Leyen said the commission will make a decision on Ukraine’s EU candidate status by the end of next week.

“We will be able to finalize our assessments based on the discussion today,” she said, praising “the determination and efforts of Ukraine in this process.”

He called the war “an enormous stress test” and reiterated the EU’s support for efforts to “reform and modernize” Ukraine.

“Europe is here to support you. We want to channel investments and deliver reforms: to improve the lives of Ukrainians, make Ukraine more attractive for investors, and support Ukraine in pursuing its European path,” she added.

Since the war began on Feb. 24, the EU has already allocated approximately €2 billion ($2.15 billion) in military aid to Ukraine and mobilized more than €4 billion in macro-financial assistance, humanitarian aid and support to EU countries hosting Ukrainian refugees.

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