European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen arrived in Kyiv Tuesday to mark Europe Day, according to a post on her Twitter account.
"Good to be back in Kyiv. Where the values we hold dear are defended every day, so it is such a fitting place to celebrate the day of Europe," Von der Leyen wrote. "I welcome President @ZelenskyyUa's decision to make 9 May Europe Day also here in Ukraine."
The Ukrainian President on Monday proposed moving World War II Victory Day celebrations a day earlier to May 8 in a bill presented to lawmakers in Kyiv. May 9 would henceforth be celebrated as Europe Day in Ukraine, he added.
Like Russia, Ukraine traditionally commemorates victory over the Nazis on May 9, but that date has become increasingly associated with a parade in Moscow, used by the Kremlin to flex its military might.