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We cannot allow Russia to undermine Ukraine’s existence – von der Leyen

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The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has said the Kremlin’s goal is the military, political and economic destruction of Ukraine.

She said Russia wanted to undermine Ukraine’s very existence as a state and this could not be allowed to happen.

The EU will set up a reconstruction platform to co-ordinate the rebuilding of Ukraine once the war ends, she added.

The platform will be used to map investment needs, co-ordinate action and channel resources, she told the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Switzerland.

The EU has mobilised around €6.2bn (£5.3bn) in financial support since the start of Russia’s invasion, she said.

“And… more will come. We will engage substantially in the mid- and long-term reconstruction.”

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