The top 3 news items of the month were devoted to a special event – the EU-Ukraine Summit on February 3, 2023. This was the first gathering of such scale since the beginning of the war and the very first encounter where Ukraine was present as a candidate state.
There was another event that took place for the first time. On the eve of the Summit, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, visited Kyiv in the company of 15 EU commissioners for a meeting of the College and the Government of Ukraine.
The very fact of holding such a high-level meeting in Ukraine in a state of war speaks a lot for itself, in particular, showing trust in Ukraine, in its troops, their ability to ensure robust security of the forum, its planned and meaningful work. The key issues discussed during the Summit were related to the future and the changes that are taking place and must take place in order to achieve the pivotal goals: Victory in the war and Ukraine’s accession to the European Union. ‘The fact that we are meeting in Kyiv today is a strong sign of the huge progress already made and of our mutual commitment’, said President von der Leyen.