Ten years ago, the Ukrainian people poured into the streets to express their wish for closer ties with the EU and their deep commitment to the values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law.
Ten years ago, in response to this choice by the Ukrainian people, Russia responded with threats, pressure, and the violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity by annexing Crimea and illegally occupying part of the Donbas region, sparking a deadly war.
On February 24, 2022, Russia sought to definitively end the Ukrainian nation’s free and sovereign political project by launching a large-scale aggression. It was thwarted by the Ukrainian people, who showed extraordinary unity and resilience.
The considerable progress that Ukraine has made toward joining the EU, as reflected in the latest Commission report, shows that the spirit of the Maidan has remained intact, despite the ongoing Russian aggression.
France will continue to offer its unwavering support to the war-scarred Ukrainian nation. We will stand by Ukraine to help it ensure its legitimate defense and we will support its integration into the European family.