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News article24 August 2023Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations1 min read

Message by President von der Leyen on the occasion of Ukraine Independence Day

Ukraine independence

Dear President Zelenskyy,
Dear citizens of Ukraine.

Today, as you celebrate your Independence Day, I want to extend my warmest congratulations to each and every one of you.

Ukraine's strength lies in its people. In your courage, your force and your enduring hope for a future of peace and prosperity in a united Europe.

You are an inspiration to all Europeans!
And we will stand with you for as long as it takes for Ukraine to be free.
Together, we will win a just and lasting peace. 

Happy Independence Day, Ukraine.
Sláva Ukrayíni!