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Borrell: Russian invasion of Ukraine is a threat to Europe

During his trip to Kyiv, the Vice-President of the European Commission discussed with the Ukrainian political and military leadership the EU security commitments for Ukraine.
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Josep Borrell. Illustrative photo: Wikimedia Commons
Borrell: Russian invasion of Ukraine is a threat to Europe

The European Union (EU) is preparing long-term security commitments for Ukraine, according to Josep Borrelll, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission.

During his trip to Kyiv, Josep Borrelll noted that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is an “existential threat” to Europe.

“Russia’s war against Ukraine is an existential threat for all of us. In our 1st in-person meeting with Rustem Umerov [Ukraine’s Defense Minister – ed.], we discussed continuous EU military assistance. Ukraine needs more capabilities and needs them faster. We are preparing long-term security commitments for Ukraine,” Josep Borrelll wrote on Twitter (X).

Josep Borrelll arrived in the Ukrainian capital on 30 September and met with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, and Defense Minister Rustem Umerov. Together with Ukraine’s President, Josep Borrelll paid tribute to the Ukrainian defenders who died during the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Before coming to Kyiv, Borrelll made an unannounced visit to Odesa in southern Ukraine. Borrelll visited Odesa’s Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral, damaged by a Russian missile attack last summer. Russia regularly attacks civilian infrastructure in Odesa and Odesa Oblast, aiming to destroy Ukrainian ports, warehouses, and grain terminals to block Ukraine’s grain exports.

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