Zelenskyy applauds the EU's intention to suspend import taxes on Ukrainian exports.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy hailed the European Union's decision to suspend import charges on Ukrainian exports on Wednesday.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy praised EU plans to suspend import charges on Ukrainian goods on Wednesday, saying the action will help "keep" Kyiv's economy, which has been devastated by Russia's disastrous assault.

"It will allow us to maximize our economic activity in Ukraine and safeguard our national production," Zelenskyy said in a video posted to his Telegram channel as the conflict with Russia reached its third month.

The planned EU plan to suspend import levies was announced earlier on Wednesday and still requires approval by the bloc's 27 members in a vote.

According to Zelenskyy, he discussed the plan with EU Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen.

"I am grateful to her personally, as well as to all of our European friends, for this step," Ukraine's president stated.

He accused Russia of "attempting to cause a global price crisis" and causing "chaos" in the global food market.

According to Zelenskyy, the EU's strategy will be a "major anti-crisis instrument" for both European and worldwide markets.

"Ukrainian exports will help stabilize markets," he added, adding that the measure will benefit "all Europeans."

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated that he expects more countries to liberalize Ukrainian exports "soon."

Earlier on Wednesday, the European Commission proposed suspending import charges, saying it would "help relieve the difficult circumstances of Ukrainian producers and exporters in the face of Russia's armed incursion."

The proposal from Brussels comes just one day after the United Kingdom declared that it would eliminate all tariffs on Ukrainian imports.