The European Union is offering more military, financial and political support to Ukraine as its leaders meet President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv.
EU offers Kyiv military, financial, political support
European Union leaders are meeting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv, bringing the promise of new sanctions against Russia but likely dashing Ukraine’s hope for swift EU membership.
The head of the group’s executive commission, Ursula von der Leyen, arrived in Kyiv by train on Thursday, a symbolic journey to demonstrate support for Ukraine as the first anniversary of Russia’s February 24, 2022, invasion of its neighbour approaches.
Senior members of the EU’s executive met their counterparts in the Ukrainian government and von der Leyen and the chairman of the 27 EU national leaders, Charles Michel, are convening talks with Zelenskiy on Friday.
Zelenskiy has called for more punitive measures against Russia by the EU but new sanctions the bloc is preparing for the anniversary are set to fall short of his government’s demands.