Ursula von der Leyen: "We want Ukraine to win this war"

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

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# 04 May 2022 11:40 (UTC +04:00)

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has been giving details to the European Parliament of a sixth package of sanctions targeting Russia's economy, its military and propaganda. She said that Russia's Vladimir Putin wanted to wipe Ukraine from the map and would not succeed and it was his own country that was sinking.

"We will make sure that we phase out Russian oil in an orderly fashion," she said. "So in a way that allows us and our partners to secure alternative supply routes and at the same time be very careful that we minimise the impact on the global market."

Von der Leyen said crude oil imports would be phased out over six months and refined products by the end of 2022. Although she made no mention of any exemptions, two countries that are most reliant on Russian oil, Slovakia and Hungary, are expected to be given longer to find alternative sources.

"Thus we maximise pressure on Russia while at the same time we minimise the collateral damage on us and our partners around the globe. We have to ensure that our economy remains strong."

She went on to give details of a package of relief and reconstruction for Ukraine: "We want to Ukraine to win this war," she said. Von der Leyen said Ukraine's economic output was set to fall by 35%-50% in 2022 and it would need €5bn a month just to keep going. "We have to do our share too."

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