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Zelensky says Ukraine will make Europe 'stronger than ever'

02.11.2023 09:00
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said he is confident his country will make Europe "stronger than ever" as it seeks to become a member of the European Union.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.Photo: EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

Zelensky said in his nightly video address on Wednesday that "the European Union has proven time and again that it can overcome crises, defend itself, preserve its valuable leadership in the world, and become stronger when Europe's enemies expect only weakness."

He added: "We value our Europe, the Europe of cooperation, not confrontation, the Europe of people, not ideologies, because only in this way can our continent protect and defend human lives both in European countries and in the world."

He further stated that his country was "working actively to remove any obstacles to our accession to the European Union."

'Ukraine will make our Europe stronger than ever'

Zelensky declared in his message: "I am confident that Ukraine will make our Europe stronger than ever, and we are working actively to remove any obstacles to our accession to the European Union."

He added: "I am also confident that no matter how events unfold in the world, among our partners in the United States and elsewhere, unity will prevail. Unity, not division. Unity, not calls for isolation."

EU leaders last week reaffirmed their support for Ukraine during a summit in Brussels, saying that the growing conflict in the Middle East must not weaken efforts to help Kyiv defend itself against Russia's invasion.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, launching the largest military campaign in Europe since World War II.

Thursday is day 617 of Russias war on Ukraine.


Source: ukrinform.netpresident.gov.ua