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Ursula von der Leyen calls for continued assistance to Ukraine

Ursula von der Leyen calls for continued assistance to Ukraine European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, during the World Economic Forum in Davos, urged Western partners to continue aiding Ukraine in its war against Russian aggression, The Guardian reports.

According to von der Leyen, Europe must continue supporting Ukraine, citing the need for "predictable" funding.

"We must continue to empower their resistance. Ukrainians need predictable financing throughout 2024 and beyond," said the head of the European Commission.

She added that Ukraine can defeat Russia, but partners must continue enhancing its defense capabilities.

"They (Ukrainians - ed.) need a sustained supply of weapons to defend Ukraine and regain its rightful territory. They need capabilities to deter future attacks by Russia. And they also need hope. They need to know that, with their struggle, they will earn a better future for their children," said von der Leyen.

Davos forum

The World Economic Forum in Davos commenced on January 15. Politicians from over 100 countries, business leaders, and public figures are gathering to discuss global threats and challenges. Key topics include the conflict in the Middle East, the war in Ukraine, and the technological breakthrough of artificial intelligence.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy began his working visit to Switzerland yesterday. It is known that he will address the forum with a special statement.

For more details on the Davos 2024 program, its participants, and when Zelenskyy is scheduled to speak at the forum, please refer to the RBC-Ukraine's coverage.