7:39Moscow denounces the formalization of Ukraine’s candidacy for the European UnionWhile Ukraine is officially a candidate to join the European Union, Moscow denounced Friday a “geopolitical grab” for “containing Russia”. The decision of the twenty-seven members of the European Union to authorize this candidacy as well as that of Moldova “confirms that a geopolitical monopolization of the space of the CIS (the Commonwealth of Independent States, which brings together several countries of ex- USSR) is actively continuing to contain Russia,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement. MoscowUkraine urges its allies to give it “fire parity” with Russian forces to “stabilize” the situation in the Donbass after the withdrawal of its troops from Severodonetsk.”I stressed the need to achieve parity in fire with the enemy, which will allow us to stabilize the situation in the most threatened region of Lugansk,” said Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, reporting on a telephone conversation with his American counterpart, General Mark Milley. he Ukraine continues to demand more heavy weapons from its allies to counter Russian strike power, particularly in the Donbass, an industrial region in the east of the country, already partially under the control of pro-Russian separatists since 2014, and that Moscow has sworn to conquer completely. 7:30 Ukrainian forces withdrew from Severodonetsk Ukrainian forces were ordered on Friday to withdraw from Severodonetsk. This city in the east of the country had until then been the scene of intense fighting with the Russian army. “It no longer makes any sense to stay in positions that have been constantly bombarded for months,” said Serguiï Gaïdaï , the governor of Lugansk, Friday in a message on Telegram.7:26Hello to all.Welcome to this live dedicated to monitoring the war in Ukraine.
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