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Ukraine Latest: Von der Leyen, Zelenskiy to Hold Talks in Kyiv

Smoke rises during fighting in Sievierodonetsk, eastern Ukraine, on June 9.

Smoke rises during fighting in Sievierodonetsk, eastern Ukraine, on June 9.

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made an unannounced visit to Kyiv, where she was to hold talks with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on the country’s request to join the European Union and its rebuilding after the war.

Meanwhile, Ukraine said its partners hadn’t heeded its plea for preemptive sanctions that could’ve persuaded Russia to withdraw troops before Feb. 24. The comment from Zelenskiy’s office was a response to U.S. President Joe Biden said the Ukrainian leader had brushed off his warnings about an imminent invasion.