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EU names Ukraine candidate status at ‘historic moment’ MPNRC

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Russia has focused its campaign on southern and eastern Ukraine as its advance on the capital was thwarted by Ukrainian resistance in the early stages of the conflict.

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The Battle of Crash in Donbass – Ukraine’s industrial heartland – is the most important of the twin cities of Svyarodonetsk and Lisichansk, which lie on opposite banks of the Siversky Donets River in Luhansk Province.

“There the fight is “entering a kind of terrible climax”, said Oleksiy Erestovich, an adviser to Zelensky.

terrible heat

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Ukraine’s senior defense official, Oleksiy Gromov, told a briefing on Thursday that Russian forces were trying to encircle Ukrainian troops defending Lisichansk.

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Luhansk governor Serhi Gaidai said separately that all Lisichansk was within reach of Russian fire and that Ukrainian troops could retreat to new positions to avoid being trapped there.

Russian-backed separatist forces said fierce fighting was going on around Ukrainian positions in Hirske, which is another settlement in Lisichansk, and Zolot, to the south, on the western side of the main north-south road.

Gedai said, Ukrainian forces were defending Svyerodonetsk and nearby Zolot and Vovchoyrovka, but Russian troops occupied Loskutievka and Rai-Aleksandrivka in the south. Hundreds of civilians are trapped in a chemical plant in Svyarodonetsk.

Russia’s Defense Ministry, quoted by Interfax news agency, said that on the southern front, Russian forces hit Ukrainian army fuel tanks and military equipment with high-precision weapons near Mykolaiv.

A river port and shipbuilding center not far from the Black Sea, Mykolaiv has been a stronghold against Russian attempts to push west toward Ukraine’s main port city, Odessa.

Zelensky urged Ukraine’s allies to expedite shipments of heavy weapons to combat Russia on the battlefield. “We must free our land and win, but even faster, much faster,” he said in a video address early Thursday.

Later, the Ukrainian Defense Minister said that many of the HIMARS rocket systems came from the United States. With a range of 70 km (44 mi), the systems could challenge Russian artillery batteries that have blown up Ukrainian cities from afar.

US officials said Thursday that the United States will provide an additional $450 million in security assistance to Ukraine, including long-range rocket systems.

shield for the European Union

Russia has long opposed close ties between Ukraine, a fellow former Soviet republic, and Western groups such as the European Union and the NATO military alliance.

Diplomats say it will take a decade or more for Ukraine to meet the criteria to join the European Union.

But European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she was confident Ukraine and Moldova would move as quickly as possible to implement the necessary reforms.

His move to join the European Union coincides with applications by Sweden and Finland to enter NATO in the wake of the Russian invasion – a sign that the Kremlin’s military actions have backfired on its geopolitical objectives.

In Kyiv, where mass protests eight years ago ousted the then president after he promised to develop closer ties with the European Union, 22-year-old serviceman Volodymyr Yanishan welcomed Ukraine’s candidate status .

“It means that the people have almost reached the bloody battle for which we have been striving since 2014, for which we had to make a lot of effort … I think the majority will be happy and that means for the better. shift.”

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