On August 23, Memorial Day for the Victims of Stalinism and Nazism, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that Putin had brought the horrors of war back to Europe.

“This year Putin has brought the horrors of war back to Europe and reminded us that peace cannot be taken for granted,” the head of the European Commission pointed out.

Russia’s war against Ukraine is illegal and unjustified, she stressed. In addition, Russian state-controlled propaganda distorts history and spreads conspiracy theories, and anyone who opposes it is punished. And there will be no peace until Ukraine defends its position, von der Leyen is convinced.