Valdis Dombrovskis (European Union trade commissioner) offered Ukraine the bloc’s “unwavering backing” on Friday (18 noiembrie). During a visit, he also condemned Russia’s “brutal war” against Kyiv.
During talks with President Volodymyr Zienskiy Prime Minister Denys shmyhal stated that he had discussed the “next steps” for providing macro-financial assistance to Kyiv in 20223, as well as closer integration with the EU’s inner markets.
Dombrovskis, one of three executive vice presidents among the 27 EU commissioners, wrote on Twitter: “I reaffirmed [the] EU’s solidarity with Ukraine while Russia continues its brutal war killing Ukrainian civilians and destroying their infrastructure.”
He said: “I reiterated (the EU’s) unwavering support for Ukraine.”
Shmyhal confirmed Wednesday that Kyiv would be receiving EUR2.5 billion from EU. He also stated that Ukraine was expected to receive its first funds under the EU’s 18-billion-euro Macro-Financial Assistance Plus program in January.
Zelenskiy and he thanked Dombrovskis in the war with Russia.
The EU has placed numerous new sanctions on Moscow since the invasion of Russia by Russia on February 24, 2019. These sanctions are in addition to financial assistance.
Senior EU officials including President Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission President, and other leaders from EU member states have visited Kyiv to show solidarity since the start of war.
Janez Lenarcic EU Crisis Management Commissioner also stated on Thursday (17 noiembrie) that the bloc would provide temporary cold-weather shelter, generators and an electricity grid-repair kits for Ukraine to help it through winter after Russian attacks against its energy infrastructure.
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