Von der Leyen: EU's solidarity with Ukraine 'unshakeable'

STORY: Von der Leyen delivered the annual state of the union speech in the European Parliament in Strasbourg with Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska as the guest of honor.

"I stand here with the conviction that with the necessary courage and with the necessary solidarity, Putin will fail and Ukraine and Europe will prevail," von der Leyen told the parliament, where many lawmakers and EU commissioners wore Ukraine's blue and yellow colors, adding: "Europe's solidarity with Ukraine will remain unshakeable."

Von der Leyen, whose proposals to help European households and companies will include skimming off windfall profits from energy companies and imposing cuts in electricity usage across the bloc, said the bloc would also help rebuild Ukraine.

While some in Europe, pointing at the huge spike in energy prices, have been arguing that the bloc's sanctions on Russia were hitting the West more, von der Leyen said that "the sanctions are here to stay" and that they were hurting Russia.

She posed for photographers in Ukraine's yellow and blue colors in support for Kyiv alongside other EU officials.