10:02Candidatures of Ukraine and Moldova: a “historic moment” for the EUThe summit organized Thursday in Brussels will be “a historic moment” for the European Union with the decision to grant candidate status to the EU. accession to Ukraine and Moldova, said the President of the European Council Charles Michel. “This European Council is a historic moment in geopolitical terms. A choice must be made today which will engage European Union, our stability, our security, our prosperity”, he declared on his arrival at the summit. of the Donetsk republic, two Britons and a Moroccan, captured while fighting alongside Ukrainian forces, will appeal the decision, reports the TASS agency. This verdict was the first against foreigners fighting in Ukraine , and was soon poin finger tip for its hardness. The international community also recalls that these men are not mercenaries, but soldiers of the Ukrainian army, and that their treatment must fall within the scope of the Geneva Convention, which protects prisoners of war. 9:30 The army advances towards the city of LysychanskAccording to the British Home Office, the army from Moscow has advanced to the outskirts of the strategic city of Lysychansk over the past five days. “Russian forces have most likely advanced more than five kilometers towards the southern approaches to the city of Lysytchansk in the Donbass”, the same ministry said in a message posted on Twitter. “Some Ukrainian units have withdrawn, probably to avoid being surrounded. Russia in this sector is probably the result of the recent reinforcement of units and the heavy concentration of fire. […] However, its efforts to achieve deeper encirclement in order to take western Donetsk Oblast remain stalled.”4:03 Kiev suspended over decision on EU bid Ukraine’s fate hangs in the balance in Brussels where the Twenty-Seven are considering its candidacy for membership of the European Union on Thursday, a highly symbolic milestone nearly four months after its invasion by the Russian army. Meanwhile, Russian forces continue to tighten their stranglehold in the Donbass on the twin cities of Lyssytchansk and Severodonetsk.The pocket of Ukrainian resistance around these two strategic industrial cities is increasingly tightly surrounded by the Russians, in this region of Lugansk destroyed by artillery combat. “As actively as we are fighting for a positive decision by the European Union on Ukraine’s candidacy, we are fighting daily to obtain deliveries of modern weapons”, hammered this Wednesday evening Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is due to participate virtually in the Brussels European Council summit.
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