Ursula von der Leyen and Volodymyr Zelensky Von der Leyen: Ukraine's support is expensive, but our freedom is priceless said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday amid soaring inflation and high energy prices in Europe.
Speaking in Kyiv, von der Leyen reiterated that the bloc will remain unwavering in its support for Ukraine, despite disagreements among EU countries on how to punish Russia for invading Ukraine.
EU sanctions against Russia at last have a noticeable impact, von der Leyen told Reuters in an interview hours after meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
, – said the head of the executive body of the EU.
Asked about the potential impact of the emerging energy crisis in Europe on support for Kyiv, von der Leyen said support for Ukraine “is expensive, but our freedom, international order and democracy are priceless.”
EU this year co-financed military assistance to Ukraine through the European Peace Fund for the first time in its history.
Von der Leyen stated that further support under this program is likely to be provided in the future and welcomed Ukraine's recent counter-offensive in the North east and south of the country.
Recall that as a result of the counter-offensive in September, Kyiv announced the recapture of about 9,000 square kilometers of territory from Moscow, most of which is located in the north-east of the Kharkiv region.
When asked about further EU assistance to support the counteroffensive, von der Leyen signaled that the support would continue.
“Now more than ever, it is essential that Ukraine received all the military potential she needs for self-defense,” she said.