War night in brief: Selensky: Accession to the EU “not only positive for us” – every street in Siejerodonzek was fought

War night at first sight
Zelensky: Accession to the EU “not only positive for us” – every street in Siejerodonzek was fought

In a debate on Ukraine’s suitability for Europe, President Volodymyr Zelensky emphasized his country’s value to the European Union. “Our rapprochement with the European Union is not just positive for us,” he said in a video speech. “It’s the biggest contribution to Europe’s future in many years.” Chancellor Olaf Scholz is convinced that EU members will find a common position on Ukraine’s application for membership. Fierce fighting continued in eastern Ukraine until Saturday night.

Zelensky: We are Europeans

“We are one step away from the beginning of full integration into the European Union,” said the Ukrainian president. Ukraine’s values ​​are European values. “Ukrainian institutions remain stable even under wartime circumstances.” Only with Ukraine will the EU be able to secure its power, independence and development in the future. Integration will have a positive effect on citizens: “The closer we get to other European countries, the more opportunities we will have to guarantee a modern and safe life for all Ukrainians.”

Scholz expects an agreement on Kiev’s request to the EU

At the EU summit next Thursday and Friday, Scholz said: “We must accept that this is a unanimous vote of 27 Member States and we will have to find a common approach, but I am quite optimistic that we can do it.” As a result of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, the EU acted as one, “and we will continue to do so,” the chancellor said. Barriers to EU membership are high, Scholz said. Among other things, he referred to the principles of the rule of law and democracy, as well as the necessary anti-corruption laws. This applies to all countries aspiring to join the EU.

Ukrainian soldiers under pressure in the east

Russian and Ukrainian troops fought fierce battles in eastern Ukraine without changing much on the fronts. According to the Ukrainian General Staff, there was a fight for every street in the easternmost city of the front line, Sieverodonetsk in the Luhansk region. The city and its surroundings are under heavy artillery fire. Many Russian soldiers are being killed in Sieverodonetsk, but are being replaced by new ones, Luhan Governor Serhiy Hajday said. It is impossible to get civilians hidden in bunkers under the Azot steel plant to safety.

In contrast, the neighboring city of Lyssychansk is still under the control of Ukraine. But the road there was under Russian artillery fire. The General Staff called the recapture of the village near Izyum in the Kharkiv region a success. In the north-eastern Ukrainian region of Sumy, the regional administration has seen multiple Russian shelling.

Russian media show American prisoners

Russian media, meanwhile, have shown two American soldiers who fought in the Ukrainian army and captured troops loyal to Moscow. In an interview with the Kremlin allied Izvestia, one of the men apologized for believing in Western “propaganda” about “evil Russians,” and therefore went to war. “Western media do not tell us how incompetent and corrupt the Ukrainian army is,” he said. The second prisoner appeared on the Kremlin canal RT. He only sent a greeting to his mother and hoped that he would be able to return home. According to Russian media, both soldiers are from the US state of Alabama and were allegedly captured near Kharkov.

German weapons have been around for a long time

Given that Ukraine is dependent on foreign weapons to defend itself, Green Party leader Omid Nouripour called the bottlenecks of German supplies deeply frustrating. “The federal government is working on deliveries more and faster,” T-Online said. He can understand that things for Ukrainians are not going fast enough. Scholz also assured that Berlin’s promised deliveries of heavy weapons will arrive in time to support the invaded Ukraine in the fight for the Donbas. “You’ll be on time.”

Poland for another package of sanctions

Prior to Monday’s meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg, Poland called for further repressive measures against Russia to persuade Moscow to renounce the Ukrainian war. “This is an extension of sanctions. In our view, the seventh package of sanctions must be launched as soon as possible. We must keep up the pressure,” said Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman Lukasz Jasina, “Welt am Sonntag”. Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz said that the sixth sanctions package had hit Russia hard. “But we have not been able to weaken Putin and his military machinery enough. So more and tougher sanctions are needed.”

You can read the further development of the day in our live ticker about the war in Ukraine.

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