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Dwell updates: Russia’s battle in Ukraine

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Fee, in Strasbourg, France on January 18. (Philipp von Ditfurth/picture-alliance/dpa/AP)

A joint European Union-Ukraine summit resulting from be held in Kyiv on Friday is “a really sturdy sign” of help, a senior EU official stated in a briefing forward of the assembly.

Talking to journalists in Brussels this week, a senior EU official stated that holding the assembly in Kyiv throughout Russia’s invasion “is a sign to begin with to Ukrainians, of help, in particular person, being there.”

“It’s a sign, after all additionally to Russia,” the official added.

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Fee, arrived within the Ukrainian capital Thursday, alongside her commissioners, forward of the summit. 

That is the twenty fourth summit between the European Union and Ukraine, however the first for the reason that begin of Russia’s invasion and likewise for the reason that European Council granted Ukraine the standing of candidate nation.

Leaders are anticipated to debate Ukraine’s progress in direction of changing into a full member state of the EU, response to Russia’s continued aggression towards Ukraine, additional help for Ukraine and international meals safety.

The official stated that “the query as as to if Ukraine will be part of the European household has been decisively answered with a sure, it is not a query of if anymore.”

Nevertheless they didn’t wish to speculate on when this course of would conclude, as traditionally it takes years to turn into a full member nation of the EU.

A second senior EU official welcomed Ukraine’s latest anti-corruption efforts, together with a latest authorities shake up amid a rising corruption scandal.

“After all, a lot work stays to be executed on this and we’re working with Ukraine on that,” the official added.

On January 24, a spokeswoman for the European Fee stated that “anti-corruption measures are after all an necessary dimension of the EU accession course of.” 

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