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Ukraine becomes the EU candidate, Russia has the upper hand in the ‘climax’ of the conflict in Donbass


The approval of the Kyiv government’s application by EU leaders in Brussels is only the beginning of a years-long process. However, this will be a milestone marking a major shift in geopolitics.

On June 22, Ukrainian President Zelensky said he was in contact with many European leaders to ask for more support.

“Since this morning, I have been calling repeatedly to make a positive decision for Ukraine. Today 11 leaders. Tomorrow I will continue the same race to ensure maximum support for the country. us,” said Mr. Zelensky.

The complex of the Azot factory caught fire after being attacked

June 24 marks four months since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a special military operation in Ukraine. The war of attrition in the Donbass in eastern Ukraine is taking place most fiercely in the two cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk.

Late on June 22, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti released a video allegedly showing the fighting in the Lysychansk region. An adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the battle there was “entering a terrifying climax”.

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Russian forces are trying to encircle Ukrainian units defending Lysychansk, a Ukrainian defense official said on June 23.

The governor of Luhansk admitted that all of Lysychansk was within Russian range and that Ukrainian troops there could retreat to new positions to avoid being trapped.

Elsewhere, President Zelensky will speak at a NATO summit next week. On June 23, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg pledged additional aid to Ukraine.

“We will make further decisions on our assistance to Ukraine and its partners at risk, including a comprehensive support package for Ukraine. I welcome President Zelensky’s speech to the leaders at the conference. We will improve burden sharing, by making a larger defense budget to do more together,” said Mr. Jens Stoltenberg.

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