The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has said Ukraine has become the centre of the European continent in a video address ahead of the first year anniversary of Russia’s invasion.
Many had predicted that Kyiv would fall “in a matter of days” when it was invaded by Moscow’s troops last February, but this did not account for “the moral and the physical courage” of Ukraine’s people, she said.
Europe “is with you”, she said, addressing the Ukrainian people.
We have been with you in this existential fight from the beginning. We have massively stepped up our economic, humanitarian and military support.
Because Ukraine has become the centre of our continent, the place where our values are upheld, where our freedom is defended, where the future of Europe is written.