Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President, announced on Twitter on Sep. 30 that he is in Odesa.

“Odesa is a beautiful historic city. It should be in the headlines for its vibrant culture & spirit. Instead, it marks the news as frequent target of Putin’s war,” he writes.

“A year has passed since Russia’s illegal annexation of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia & Kherson. Ukraine has every right to defend itself against the Russian aggression and regain full control of its territory. The EU stands with Ukraine for as long as it takes,” Borrell stresses.

He adds that “The EU supports the stabilization of sites impacted by Russia’s barbarically destruction. Ukraine’s civilian law enforcement agencies are directly involved in defending #Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. They have a key role in stabilization efforts, including on recently liberated territories.


More specifically, Borrell elaborates: The EU helps in strengthening their capacities. With over 300 personnel, @EUAM_Ukraine is the largest EU presence in #Ukraine and supports the reform of the civilian security sector. Since Russia’s full-scale invasion, EUAM supports the authorities also in documenting, investigating and prosecuting war crimes.

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