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Von der Leyen Says Ukraine’s EU Bid Advancing During Kyiv Visit

  • Ukraine expected to win initial backing for membership path
  • Commission chief to discuss Ukraine reconstruction needs
Ursula von der Leyen and  Volodymyr Zelenskiy make statements following their talks in Kyiv on June 11. 

Ursula von der Leyen and  Volodymyr Zelenskiy make statements following their talks in Kyiv on June 11. 

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen praised Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskiy during an unannounced visit to Kyiv for making progress on his country’s bid to join the European Union and said they will address how to fund the rebuilding of the war-torn nation.