As heavy fighting continues in eastern Ukraine, European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen reached Kyiv on Saturday for talks with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.
The leaders “will take stock of the joint work needed for reconstruction and of the progress made by Ukraine on its European path,” she said on Twitter.
Von der Leyen said the commission will reach a decision on Ukraine’s EU candidate status by the end of next week.
She said the “discussions today will enable us to finalize our assessment,” while lauding “the efforts and determination of Ukraine in this process.”
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