Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Thursday that EU accession is Ukraine’s “choice of our future vision.” “including but not limited to [the] Warsaw speech of 1999, it is clear that this country is called to unite Europe as one big family. Before we make a decision in the referendum, we should tell the country about our future vision to form a special corridor from Kiev to Berlin,” Zelensky told the Jewish University of Jerusalem’s Board of Governors during his rare virtual address.
Ukraine has chosen a future with the European Union, President Petro Poroshenko said today in Kiev. “We have sacrificed a lot for that,” he added. “But most importantly, this is our choice—the choice of our future vision.”
After the war ends, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine will focus on “building a European state which will be part of the EU” but the threat from Russia will remain. “We will understand very clearly that our neighbor is Russia, and that Russia, even if we finish the war and we win, in 10 or 20 years Russia may attack us again. I am not saying that this will happen, but there is a possibility.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said developing Ukraine’s security institutions will be an important part of the rebuilding process. “Security in all public spaces — starting from the borders of our country down to the very center,” he said. “We have prepared a lot of draft laws, a lot of reforms,” he added.