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EU supports Ukraine’s “European dream” as Russia cuts gas supply

Europe has strong solidarity with Ukraine on Friday when Brussels upheld Kyiv’s bid for EU candidate status, despite Russia bombarding frontline Ukrainian cities and reducing gas supplies to the west. I sent a symbol.

With the support of the European Commission, Ukraine may be added to the list of countries competing for EU membership as early as next week when leaders of member states meet at the Brussels summit.

All 27 EU leaders need to agree to run, but the leaders of France, Germany and Italy, the largest members of the European Union, have already taken this idea on a trip to the war-torn suburbs on Thursday. I fully supported it. Of Kyiv.

Then on Friday, the European Commission gave the bid official support for executives, and EU Chief Ursula von der Reyen clarified her position by wearing an impressive jacket in Ukrainian national colors. did.

“We all know that Ukrainians are ready to die for a European perspective. We want them to live with us for European dreams. “She said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky immediately welcomed this decision as “the first step towards an EU member state that will ensure our victory is closer.”

He thanked von der Leyen for the Commission’s “historical decision” and hoped that EU leaders would give Ukraine “positive results” at the June 23-24 summit. Stated.

Russia despised Brussels’ decision and accused the West of “manipulating” Ukraine with a promise of integration.

Russian bombardment

Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Ukraine “has not had a bright future for some reason, even though promises are becoming more sweet and attractive.”

After Ukraine joins the EU candidate list, along with some countries in the western Balkans, even if Kyiv wins the war, it could still take years to meet all formal membership requirements. I have.

“Yes, Ukraine should be welcomed as a candidate country, based on the understanding that good work has been done, but important work has not yet been done,” said Von der Leyen.

In the meantime, the fighting continued and Russian troops bombarded the pockets of Ukrainian resistance in frontline Severodonetsk, including civilians trapped in chemical plants in cities in eastern Ukraine.

Moscow then increased pressure on Western countries, sharply reducing the flow of natural gas in pipelines to Western Europe and pushing up energy prices.

French network providers have not received Russian gas in pipelines from Germany since June 15, and Italy’s Eni said it expects Russian Gazprom to cut its supply in half on Friday. rice field.

Some European countries, including Italy and Germany, rely heavily on Russian gas for energy demand, and Moscow, like the western part of Ukraine, is cutting supply.

“Very disturbing”

Berlin and Rome rejected Russia’s claim that technical problems caused a decline in supply, arguing that the move of state-owned Gazprom was political.

However, Western Europe has been hit by the heat wave, energy prices are already skyrocketing, and inflation and industrial activity are rampant in some economies.

Of course, the situation is the star car of Ukraine itself, and Russian troops occupied the southern and eastern belts of the country during the 113-day war, including much of the Donbus region.

“The humanitarian situation across Ukraine, especially in eastern Donbus, is very disturbing and continues to deteriorate rapidly,” said OCHA, a UN humanitarian aid agency.

According to the statement, the situation is “especially worried about Severodonetsk and its surroundings.”-The bloody battle has been intensifying for weeks.

Severodonetsk, located in the Lugansk region, said Governor Sergie Guyday called for a ceasefire and hundreds of civilians were trapped in the city’s besieged Azot chemical plant.

“It is currently impossible and physically dangerous to leave the factory due to constant artillery and combat. There are 568 people in the shelter, including 38 children,” he said.

‘God willing’

Earlier this week, Gaiday said about 10,000 civilians remained in the city, most of them dominated by Russian troops.

In the front-line village of Donbas in Adamifka near the city of Slovyansk, a community of Orthodox nuns saw rocket holes blown into the walls of a well-kept garden.

Under almost constant bombardment by Russian troops, Sister Anastasi and other groups of black-clad nuns and pilgrims live every day in prayer for rescue.

“We are all alive, yes. No one is gone. This is our home,” she said quietly. Her face was surrounded by a black veil and the shells broke in the distance.

“We trust in God’s will, God’s help, and the help of all saints and Our Lady. This is our home and we have nowhere else to go.”

At least two people were killed and 20 were injured in a Russian strike in a residential area in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, according to the local governor.

Separately, Zelensky announced the end of the visa-free trip that many Russian citizens with Ukrainian relatives have enjoyed since Ukraine became independent of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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