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EU, Ukraine to Hold Strategy Summit

FILE: Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaking in Kyiv. Taken December 24, 2022

Ukraine and the European Union will hold a summit in Kyiv on February 3 to discuss financial and military support, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's office said, but the bloc Tuesday would not confirm the location.

President Zelenskyy discussed details of the high-level meeting with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in his first phone call of the year, the office said in a statement Monday.

"The parties discussed expected results of the next Ukraine-EU summit to be held on February 3 in Kyiv and agreed to intensify preparatory work," the post-call statement said.

Zelenskyy and von der Leyen, in their call, also talked about the supply of "appropriate" weapons.

And they discussed a new 18 billion euro ($19 billion) financial assistance program to Ukraine, with the Ukrainian leader pushing for the first tranche to be sent this month, the statement said.

A spokesman for European Council President Charles Michel, however, could not confirm on Tuesday that the joint summit would take place in the Ukrainian capital.

He said the bloc would be represented at the summit by Michel and von der Leyen, and not with the various leaders of EU countries.

EU officials said there was a standing invitation for Zelenskyy to visit Brussels.