The European Union’s government really helpful on June 17 that Ukraine and Moldova turn into candidates for membership, a milestone of their potential path from ex-Soviet republics to developed economies on the earth’s largest buying and selling bloc. If the European Commission’s resolution is ratified as anticipated subsequent week at a summit, it will likely be a morale enhance for Kyiv and additional Western snub for Russian President Vladimir Putin after his invasion of Ukraine in February.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned on Twitter the bravery of Ukrainians had introduced a possibility for Europe to “create a new history of freedom, and finally remove the grey zone in Eastern Europe between the EU and Russia”. As diplomacy superior with Brussels, intense combating continued within the jap area of Donbas, the place Russia seeks to solidify and prolong latest features, whereas British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a shock go to to the capital, Kyiv.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin railed on the West, the United States particularly, in a grievance-filled speech in St Petersburg, however sought to minimize the EU subject. “We have nothing against it,” he mentioned. “It is not a military bloc. It’s the right of any country to join economic union.”
Shelling traps 77 miners in Donetsk area: Reports
Shelling has trapped 77 miners in a coal mine within the Donetsk area of jap Ukraine after energy to the mine was reduce off, Russia’s state RIA information company reported on June 18.
“As a result of shelling by (Ukrainian forces), power to the Zasyadko mine in Donetsk was cut off, 77 miners remain underground,” RIA mentioned, citing the Russian-backed separatist area’s territorial defence. – Reuters
Russian forces renew bid to advance south of Ukraine’s Izium, Britain says
Russia has most likely renewed its efforts to advance south of Ukraine’s jap metropolis of Izium within the final 48 hours, Britain’s defence ministry mentioned on June 18.
Its objective is to penetrate deeper into the Donetsk area and envelope the pocket across the embattled metropolis of Severodonetsk from the north, it mentioned on Twitter.
If trapped Ukrainian civilians don’t take up a suggestion of leaving through a hall, Russia is more likely to declare justification in making much less of a distinction between them and any Ukrainian navy targets within the space, the ministry added. – Reuters
Zelensky hails EU backing as intense shelling hits Donbas
President Volodymyr Zelensky hailed Brussels’ assist for Ukraine’s European Union bid as a historic achievement, as his nation’s jap Donas area confronted intense Russian shelling. Brussels spearheaded a robust present of European solidarity on Friday by backing Kyiv’s bid for EU candidate standing, an endorsement that might add Ukraine to the checklist of nations vying for membership as early as subsequent week.
The European Commission is ready to satisfy at their Brussels summit on Thursday with all 27 leaders already backing Kyiv’s candidacy and the heads of the bloc’s greatest members — France, Germany and Italy — giving full-throated assist to the concept. – AFP
Russian state TV airs movies of two lacking Americans in Ukraine
A Russian state TV channel aired movies on social media of two Americans who went lacking final week whereas combating alongside the Ukrainian military, stating they’d been captured by Russian forces.
United States President Joe Biden had mentioned earlier Friday he didn’t know the whereabouts of Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh, each U.S. navy veterans whose kin misplaced contact with the pair.
The lacking Americans — together with a 3rd recognized as a former U.S. Marines captain — are believed to be a part of an unknown variety of principally navy veterans who’ve joined different foreigners to volunteer alongside Ukrainian troops. – AFP
Deadly air strike hits Ukraine frontline metropolis because it readies for avenue battle
An area resident walks in a entrance of a constructing destroyed by a navy strike, as Russia’s assault on Ukraine continues, in Lysychansk, Luhansk area, Ukraine on June 17, 2022.
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Ashes littered a sq. within the war-ravaged east Ukrainian metropolis of Lysychansk on June 17 as smoke rose from a cultural centre following a Russian air strike that killed 4 folks sheltering there. The embattled metropolis is getting ready for a potential avenue battle, with Russian troops combating Ukrainian troopers within the metropolis of Severodonetsk, simply throughout the river.
The bombing on Thursday sparked a fireplace that raged by way of the blue and white-painted Stalin-era Diamant Palace of Culture in a single day and was nonetheless burning on Friday. The constructing contained a library and put up workplace in addition to a stage for arts occasions. After the struggle started, it turned used a bomb shelter by locals and a makeshift refuge for individuals who misplaced their properties. – AFP
German chief says it’s essential to hold speaking to Putin
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz mentioned Friday that it’s “absolutely necessary” for some leaders to speak on to Russian President Vladimir Putin amid efforts to finish the struggle in Ukraine, and he and France’s president will proceed to take action.
Mr. Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron have held a number of phone conversations with Mr. Putin, individually and collectively, since Russia’s invasion started. Those contacts have drawn some criticism — together with from Poland’s president, who mentioned lately that they obtain nothing and serve solely to legitimise the Russian chief.
“It is absolutely necessary to speak to Mr. Putin, and I will continue to do so — as the French president will also,” Mr. Scholz instructed German information company dpa in an English-language video interview a day after he, Mr. Macron and the leaders of Italy and Romania held talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv. – AP
Putin says has ‘nothing against’ Ukraine becoming a member of EU
Russia has “nothing against” Ukraine’s potential membership of the European Union, Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned on Friday after the European Commission really helpful granting Kyiv candidate standing of the 27-member bloc.
“We have nothing against it. It’s their sovereign decision to join economic unions or not… It’s their business, the business of the Ukrainian people,” Mr. Putin instructed Russia’s annual financial showcase, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. – AFP
EU Commission backs candidate standing for Ukraine
The government arm of the European Union really helpful Friday that Ukraine be granted candidate standing to someday be a part of the 27-nation bloc.
The European Commission suggestion is step one on the lengthy highway towards membership and comes a day after 4 European Union leaders vowed to again Kyiv’s candidacy. The suggestion will likely be mentioned by leaders of the 27-nation bloc throughout a summit subsequent week in Brussels. Launching accession talks requires unanimous approval from all member international locations.