Most Ukrainian Pole ever: European Council president speaks Ukrainian at Brussels summit

18:25 Nov. 24, 2016

European Council president speaks Ukrainian at Brussels summit

Donald Tusk (AP photo)

Ukrainians have a lot of friends in the EU, says Tusk. And at least one of them even speaks Ukrainian well

The European Council president Donald Tusk gave a speech in Ukrainian during today's EU-Ukraine summit in Brussels, the UNIAN agency reports. 

"Dear Ukrainian friends! I am deeply impressed with Ukrainian people's patience in its struggle for saving territorial integrity and sovereignty. You are a unique example of courage, dignity and practical mind. I know that you deserve more from us Europeans too. I have a lot of friends here, and I can promise we won't leave you behind," Tusk said during his final speech at the summit. 

The EU has its limitations, but it will keep trying to fulfil Ukrainians' expectations, Tusk also told. 

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"We hugely appreciate endeavours on introducing wide-scale reforms made in outstandingly difficult conditions by Ukrainian authorities, including president Poroshenko. Ukraine's success will be the whole Europe's victory," Tusk claimed. 

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The rare speech in Ukrainian made by president Tusk, who is a Polish national ethnically close to Ukraine, was greeted with applauses. 

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