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EU has ‘risen to the occasion on Ukraine war: VDL

The Commission chief started by praising the EU’s response to the Russian illegal attack against Ukraine.

She said the bloc “neither hid nor hesitated” and “found the courage to do the right thing”.

“Our Union as a whole has risen to the occasion,” she said.

She continued by saying the EU has gotten better and faster at responding to crises.

“As soon as Russian troops crossed the border into Ukraine, our response was united, determined and immediate and I think we can be proud of that,” she said.

Von der Leyen said the war in Ukraine was also a “war on our energy, it’s a war on our economy, it’s a war on our values, it’s a war on our future.”

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