Zelensky says Ukraine is preparing “reforms” ahead of talks with EU

Josh Pennington and Alex Stambaugh

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Tuesday that his administration is preparing to introduce changes ahead of talks between Kyiv and the European Union scheduled for Friday.

“We are preparing new reforms in Ukraine. Reforms that will change the social, legal and political reality in many ways, making it more human, transparent and effective,” Zelensky said in a video address, adding that further details would be announced at a later date.

Kyiv is finalizing preparations for the “summit” talks, he added.

Some context: Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced the “summit” earlier on Tuesday but provided no details on who would attend.

Holding the meeting in Kyiv is a “powerful signal to both partners and enemies,” Shmyhal said at a government meeting.

Shmyhal told Politico in an interview published Monday that Ukraine, which was granted EU candidate status in June last year, has an “ambitious plan” to join the bloc within the next two years.

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