European Council President Charles Michel will travel to Kyiv early next week, two people briefed on the trip told POLITICO.
Michel will travel to Ukraine to commemorate the Maidan protests, which began on November 21, 2013. The protests took place after former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to withdraw from a political and economic association agreement with the EU. Russia called the uprising a Western-instigated “coup” and used it to justify its military action in Ukraine in 2014.
The visit comes ahead of the European Council summit in mid-December, where EU leaders will discuss the European Commission’s recommendation to open formal accession negotiations with Ukraine. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visited Kiev just before the announcement, pledging continued EU support to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
A spokesperson for Michel said they could not confirm the visit but would be in Berlin early next week.