President Volodymyr Zelensky said the official candidacy of Ukraine to join the European Union was a major step towards strengthening Europe while Russia was testing freedom and unity.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sends troops across the border to Ukraine, causing the biggest conflict in Europe since World War II, killing thousands, uprooting millions and ruining the city It’s been four months since I changed it on Friday.
It also caused a global energy and food crisis.
After failing to capture Kyiv and win a swift victory, Putin’s army is now focused on controlling the war of attrition in eastern Ukraine, with no end and widespread conflict in Europe. There is likely to be.
Zelenskiy told EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday that their decision to accept Kieu’s candidacy has been one of the most important for Ukraine since leaving the Soviet Union 31 years ago.
“But this decision was not made solely for the benefit of Ukraine. It is now in our time, and testing our ability to maintain freedom and unity in the Russian war. It’s the biggest step to strengthen Europe when you’re there, “he said.
After the decision, European Council President Charles Michel tweeted “a historic moment,” adding that “our future is together.”Read the full text
Kyiv’s approval of the EU candidate will offend Russia, which is concerned about its close relationship with the western part of Ukraine.
Moscow launched a “special military operation” on February 24 to ensure the security of the border. Kieu and the West say Putin has launched an unprovoked aggression.
Moldova has also become an official EU candidate, demonstrating Block’s intention to reach deep into the former Soviet Union.
The road to EU accession will greatly boost Ukraine’s morale, but it is a long way and can take years.
Zelensky vowed not to rest until Russia’s defeat and full membership were secured.
“We can defeat the enemy, rebuild Ukraine, join the EU, and rest,” he said in a video released by his office.
The move by Ukraine and Moldova to join the EU is in parallel with the application for NATO following the invasion of Russia by Sweden and Finland. This shows that the Kremlin’s military action backfired on geopolitical purposes.
The battle over the industrial center of the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine is of paramount importance in the two cities of Siverskyi Donetsk and Lysychansik on the opposite bank of the Siverskyi Donets River in Luhansk Oblast.
Zelensky’s adviser, Oleksiy Aresevich, said the fight there “has entered a terrifying climax of some sort” on Thursday.
Russian troops were trying to siege Ukrainian troops defending Lysychans’k, Ukrainian defense official Olexi Gromov said in a briefing Thursday.
Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai said all Lysychans’k were within the range of Russian fires and Ukrainian troops there could retreat to new positions so that they would not be trapped.
Russian-backed separatists say fierce fighting is underway around the location of Hiruske on the west side of the main north-south road to Lysychansik and Ukraine in another settlement in the south, Zolote. rice field.
According to Guydai, Ukrainian troops protected Sieviero Donetsk and its nearby Zolote and Vovchoirovka, while Russian troops occupied Rosktikhka and Rio Lexandrifka in the south. Hundreds of civilians are trapped in a chemical plant in Sieviero Donetsk.
On the South Front, Russian troops attacked Ukrainian fuel tanks and military equipment near Mykolaiv with precision weapons, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, according to Interfax.
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