EU leaders are in Kyiv Ukraine for a meeting….
They have told Ukraine President Zelensky his push for admittance into their organisation will take time….
It IS remarkable that such a meeting can take place IN the Ukrainian capital city…..
Several other East European countries are already in the process which take years….
And has forced other countries to clean up their act and standards ….The Ukraine included……
They know such a move will infuriate Russian President Putin and probably should be on hold until the Ukraine is done with the present conflict and is stronger militarily…..
Germany WILL ship it’s older Leopard 1 tanks to the Ukraine….
Recruited to fight Russian convicts are returning home from the conflict and some Russian’s are NOT very happy….
The fight for Bakhumut continues….
Here’s what we know:
President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukrainian forces will continue to defend the city of Bakhmut, which he called “our fortress.”
Zelensky insists that ‘no one will give away Bakhmut.’
E.U. leaders visiting Kyiv make no promises on faster membership for Ukraine.
Behind the scenes, diplomats tap the brakes on Ukraine’s E.U. bid.
Germany says it will allow the export of older Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine.
What is the E.U. doing for Ukraine?
In the war against Russia, energy-efficient light bulbs are a powerful weapon.
Zelensky uses high-profile raids to show willingness to tackle corruption….
Air raid sirens were heard in Kyiv early Friday ahead of the meeting, and again after the meeting, which European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen described as proof that the E.U. “stands by Ukraine as firmly as ever.”
Here’s the latest on the war and its impact across the globe.
- Any hopes that the summit would deliver fast-track E.U. accession for Ukraine were dashed Friday, as E.U. leaders expressed “commitment to further deepening our relationship,” but said membership was still contingent on outlined conditions being “fully met” by Kyiv. In his nightly address Thursday, Zelensky said his country “deserves to reach the beginning of negotiations on E.U. membership this year.”
- The E.U. will provide Ukrainians with 35 million LED lightbulbs, von der Leyen announced on Twitter. Every kilowatt “of energy saved is precious to counter Russia’s energy war,” she said. The E.U. also announced a new aid package of 25 million to support humanitarian mine action, but made no mention of the fighter jets Ukrainian officials have called for in recent weeks. Earlier this week, President Biden rejected these requests, and said the United States would not be sending the F-16 fighter jets.
- A center for the prosecution of the crime of aggression in Ukraine will be established in The Hague, von der Leyen also said. The international body will work closely with the joint investigation teams supported by the E.U. Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation, she told a news conference Thursday with Zelensky. The crime of aggression is notoriously difficult to prosecute, and Ukraine has expressed its preference for establishing a Special Tribunal.
- Germany has issued an export license for Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine, German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said Friday, without providing further details. Last week, Germany announced plans to send 14 of its more modern Leopard 2 tanks and allow European countries to send theirs, as Washington pledged to give Ukraine 31 M1 Abrams tanks. The Leopard 2 is bigger, faster and more powerful than the Leopard 1, which was produced between 1965 and 1979.
- Ukraine’s prosecutor general is pressing criminal charges against the head of the Wagner Group, Yevgeniy Prigozhin, whose private military forces are fighting alongside the Russian army. The statement said prosecutors interrogated two Wagner fighters in Europe. Last month, the United States designated the group a “transnational criminal organization.” Here’s what you need to know about the Wagner Group and what it’s doing in Ukraine.
- “Russia will use the fuller potential it has to respond” to a new influx of Western weapons to Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier that “the longer the range of weapons supplied to the Kyiv regime, the further we will have to drive them away.”
- British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said Ukrainian pilots would need “months if not years” of training if Western fighter jets were sent to Ukraine. “We need to make sure that they can use what they are given,” he said Thursday in a British television interview….
image….Credit…Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, via Associated Press
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