European Council President Donald Tusk visits Ukraine on fifth anniversary of dramatic Maidan events

21-02-2019
Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

This week, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk was in Ukraine. Following official meetings, Tusk gave a speech at the country’s Parliament (Verkhovna Rada).

“I have come to you on the fifth anniversary of the dramatic Maidan events, on the anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity, to thank all Ukrainians and their representatives gathered here, irrespective of party divisions, divergent interests or ideological disputes,” Tusk said as he opened his speech.

Tusk reiterated the EU’s commitment to continue assisting Ukraine in its reforms and supporting the country’s territorial integrity: “I can reiterate that Europe will never recognise the Russian annexation of Crimea and will not drop the sanctions unless Russia fulfils its commitments. Nor will the EU accept any acts of violence in the Sea of Azov.”

The full text of Tusk’s speech can be found here.