Ukraine, von der Leyen in Kiev: meeting with Zelensky

Surprise visit from the President of the European Commission

Surprise visit by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to Kiev for a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. This was announced by von der Leyen in a post on ‘Ukraine to the EU, financial support to rebuild Ukraine as a modern and prosperous democracy and how to continue to make Russia pay for its war of aggression.’

“Ukraine can be proud of its railway workers. Since the beginning of the Russian invasion war against Ukraine, you have worked tirelessly even in these difficult conditions,” von der Leyen said upon arriving at Kiev station, praising the 220,000 Ukrainian railway workers who have been “keeping vital contacts alive” since the beginning of the war.

Even President Zelensky, who welcomed the president of the European Commission at the station, recalled how trains have been essential for months for supplies to Ukraine and for grain exports, recalling all the risks run by railway workers due to “terrorism “of Russia.

“Our railways are more than a means of transport – he added – they are the guarantee that our people, our economy and our state are not separated from the EU states that support us”. Air traffic has been suspended in Ukraine since Russia began its invasion in February 2022.