Zelenskyy says he expressed thanks to the EU in a phone call with von der Leyen as he awaits new aid from the bloc.

“I am glad to start the year with a phone call with the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen,” he wrote on Telegram

“I expressed gratitude for the unwavering support of the EU," Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelenskyy added

“We are waiting for the first tranche of macro-financial aid in January, the first batch of energy-saving lamps, school buses, generators and modular houses.

We have coordinated steps on the EU-Ukraine Summit. We feel support and are moving towards victory together.” he continued