In kyiv, Ursula von der Leyen opens Ukraine’s march towards “the European future”

It is an envelope in the colors of the Ukrainian and European flags. On Friday, April 8, at the end of her visit to kyiv, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, handed over to the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, a questionnaire that will serve as a starting point for a decision on the accession of Ukraine . to the European Union. “It will not be, as usual, a matter of years to form an opinion, but I think it will be a matter of weeks,” he said during a press conference at the venue.

In response, Mr. Zelensky assured the audience with laughter that the file will be returned in a week. In the evening, during his daily speech to the Ukrainians, the president declared that he was convinced that ” we are finally on the verge of achieving our long-standing goal. Ukraine will be one of the equals in the common European home. Ukraine will become a member of the European Union.”

Visit to Boucha

Ursula von der Leyen’s journey in the country at war began with a visit to Boutcha, a town of 37,000 inhabitants in the kyiv region, occupied by Russian forces from February 27 to March 31. Images of dead civilians discovered in the streets, some with their hands tied behind their backs, sparked international outrage and led Westerners to increase pressure on Moscow. The visit was attended by Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, and Denys Chmyhal, Prime Minister of Ukraine.

In front of the bodies exhumed from a mass grave, the President of the Commission, dressed in a bulletproof vest, said: “The unthinkable happened here. We have seen the cruel face of the army. by (Vladimir) putin » Josep Borrell said that the European Union would allocate a budget of 7.5 million euros to support the collection of data on missing persons. “Russian war crimes in Bucha and elsewhere must be investigated and prosecuted. Our civilian mission in Ukraine will support the Prosecutor General of Ukraine by providing training and equipment to support investigations and evidence collection.” he wrote on Twitter.

In the morning, as the delegation made its way to the battered city, another drama hit eastern Ukraine. At least fifty people, including five children, were killed during a shelling attributed to Russian forces at the Kramatorsk station. Ursula von der Leyen told herself “deeply shocked” to talk “cynical behavior” of those who wrote “for our children” white paint on one of the missiles found not far from the scene.

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