Russo-Ukraine war: EU leaders to decide on Kyiv bid; Russia aims to turn Donbas cities into Mariupol, says Zelensky – live news

Russia aims to convert Donbass to Mariupol – Zelensky

Ukraine’s President Zelensky believes that Russian forces are attempting to destroy cities in the eastern Donbass region just as they did in Mariupol.

During a one-night address, Zelensky said:

Massive air and artillery attacks take place in the Donbass.

The goal of the occupiers in this direction remains the same – they want to destroy the whole Donbass step by step. complete.

Lysychansk, Slovyansk, Kramatorsk – they aim to turn any city into Mariupol. Completely ruined.”

Zelensky called for equality on the battlefield for more heavy weapons.

That is why we repeatedly insist on expediting the supply of arms to Ukraine. In order to stop this diabolical arsenal and take it beyond the borders of Ukraine, there is a need for equality on the battlefield as soon as possible. ,

Ukrainian soldiers inspect a destroyed warehouse targeted by Russian troops on the outskirts of Lisichansk in the eastern Ukrainian region of the Donbass. Photo: Eris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

EU leaders to decide on Ukraine’s candidate status

EU leaders will decide today whether to grant candidate status to Ukraine The positive recommendation of the European Commission last Friday,

EU leaders in Brussels are expected to sign off on last week’s recommendation by the European Commission, the EU executive.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said he had spoken to 11 EU leaders about Ukraine’s candidacy on Wednesday and would call for more on Thursday, confident that all 27 EU countries would consider Ukraine’s candidate status. will support.

“We deserve it,” he told the crowd in Amsterdam via video link.

This is a very important moment for us, because some people on my team are saying that it is like going from darkness to light.

In terms of our army and society, it is a great motivator, a huge motivating factor for the unity and victory of the Ukrainian people.”

Yes hopes have risen since the four EU leaders, including France and Germany, who were considered the most lukewarm, visited Kyiv last week in a show of support,

Zelensky filed an application to join the European Union five days after Russia’s attack began. One day when explosions were heard in Kyiv, he called for “immediate admission under a new special procedure”. While the initial response from around 10 EU states was deeply skeptical, the protests have faded away, although questions remain about the long road ahead.

Ukraine has been seeking EU membership since then. 2004 “Orange Revolution” Since more stubbornness 2013-14 Ground ProtestWhen pro-Kremlin President Viktor Yanukovich was ousted after refusing to sign an association agreement with the bloc.

Kyiv’s ambassador to Brussels has said that granting Ukraine candidate status to join the European Union would be a historic decision for Russia, which can no longer claim spheres of influence over its eastern neighbour.

Vsevolod Chentsov, the head of Ukraine’s mission to the European Union, said Russia’s war had united Kyiv with the bloc, while calling it a “mistake” whether his country could belong to the union.

A poll published this week by the European Council on Foreign Relations, a thinktank, showed 57% of Europeans supported Ukraine’s membership bid.

EU candidate status, which can only be granted if existing member states agree unanimously, is the first step towards membership. It does not provide any security guarantee or automatic right to be included in the block.

Ukraine’s full membership will depend on whether the war-torn country is able to satisfy political and economic conditions.

Summary and welcome

Hello, Samantha Locke is back with you as we continue to report all the latest news Ukraine,

Here are all the other major developments in Kyiv until 8am.

  • Russian army is Getting closer to capturing the last pocket of resistance In the eastern Luhansk region of Ukraine. Svyarodonetsk and its neighboring city, Lisichansk, have been hit by intense Russian shelling. Luhansk Governor Serhi Haidai said on Wednesday that Russian forces were moving toward Lisichansk, targeting buildings of police, state security and prosecutors.
  • Dramatic footage of what appears to be Russia has emerged Drone flying over an oil refinery and what’s exploding An attack can happen inside the borders of Russia. Videos shared on social media showed an unmanned aerial vehicle crashing at the Novoshkhtinsk oil refinery in the Rostov region in what would be a shameful breach of Russia’s air defense systems.
  • At least one person has been killed in a Russian missile attack on Ukraine’s southern port city of Mykolaivo., according to its mayor, Oleksandr Senkevich. attack Caused many fires and damaged many buildings Including a school, Senkevich said. Regional Governor Vitaly Kim, Said that seven missiles had hit Mykolaivo,
  • Residents and workers of a nuclear power plant in Enerhodar, a city in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya region, are being abducted by Russian occupiers, According to the mayor of the area. “The whereabouts of some unknown. The rest are in very difficult conditions: they are being tortured by electric shocks, physically and morally tortured, ”said mayor Dmitry Orlov.
  • A television tower in the Ukrainian separatist-held city of Donetsk has been badly damaged by shelling and broadcasts have been disrupted.reported the local Donetsk news agency. Petrovsky Television Center still standing, But a part of its equipment is damaged, The agency said some equipment has been removed.
  • British intelligence predicts that Russia’s momentum will slow over the next few months.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters, “Our Defense Intelligence Service believes that, however, in the next few months, Russia may come to a point at which there is no longer any further momentum because He has exhausted his resources.”
  • At the upcoming G7 summit in Germany, leaders will announce new measures aimed at putting pressure on Russia As well as new commitments to strengthen European security, a senior US official has said. “We will make a concrete proposal to increase the pressure on Russia,” the official said. Canada’s natural resources minister said the G7 is also likely to discuss the fate of a Russian turbine stalled in Canada and blamed Germany for curtailing gas supplies.
  • The Kremlin said the EU sanctions that caused Lithuania to block the transit of certain goods into the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad were “absolutely unacceptable”. Moscow was acting in retaliation to “illegal sanctions” by the EU, it said. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said, Moscow’s reaction to Lithuania’s sanctions will not be exclusively diplomatic but of a practical nature,
  • Ukraine has played down the possibility of reaching a deal with Russia that could allow the blocked grain shipments to start sailing across the Black Sea. consultation in progressUkrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said. Russia’s defense ministry said Moscow and Ankara have agreed to continue discussions on safe shipping and grain exports from Ukrainian ports.
  • The chief of Finland’s armed forces says his country is ready for a Russian attack And if anything happens, he will put up a strong resistance. The Finns are motivated to fight and the country has built up a substantial arsenal, said General Timo Kivinen, Adding: “The most important line of defense is between one’s ears.”
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for strengthening ties with the countries of the BRICS group of emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China South Africa – After western sanctions on Ukraine. Putin He said that discussions are on to open Indian chain stores in Russia. Increasing the share of Chinese automobiles in the Russian market”.
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited Iran on Wednesday. The Iranian foreign ministry said Lavrov’s visit was aimed at “expanding cooperation with the Eurasian region and the Caucasus”.
  • Europe urgently needs to prepare for Russia to stop all gas exports to the region this winterAccording to Fatah Birol, head of the International Energy Agency. He Calling upon governments to work on reducing demand and keeping nuclear power plants open.
  • A Ukrainian photojournalist and a soldier who accompanied him,”coldly executed“When They Killed” According to Reporters Without Borders, in the first weeks of Russia’s invasion. Max Levin and Oleksiy Chernyshov were reportedly exploring Russian-occupied woodlands As for the drone that took the photographer’s missing image, the agency cited its findings from an investigation into their deaths.