The EU executive will make a recommendation this week on whether Ukraine should be granted candidate statussaid European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. At a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy during a surprise visit to Kyiv on Saturday, Von der Leyen said: “We want to support Ukraine on its European journey.” Such a recommendation would be a step on the long road to full membership. Speaking alongside Von der Leyen, Zelenskiy said the EU’s decision on Ukraine would “determine” the future of Europe.
US President Joe Biden says Volodymyr Zelenskiy “didn’t want to hear” warnings of Russian invasion. Speaking at a fundraising reception in Los Angeles, Biden said “there was no doubt” that Vladimir Putin had planned “to come in”. “Nothing like this has happened since World War II,” he told donors. “I know a lot of people thought maybe I was exaggerating. But I knew we had data to maintain [Putin] was about to enter, beyond the border. There was no doubt…and Zelenskiy didn’t want to hear it.
The family of a Briton sentenced to death for fighting Russian forces have said they are ‘devastated’ and called for ‘urgent cooperation’ to secure his release. Shaun Pinner, 48, was sentenced to death, along with fellow Briton Aiden Aslin, in what the UK government called a “sham” sentencing. The couple were captured in April while fighting as part of the Ukrainian army to defend the southern port city of Mariupol from invading Russian troops.
Rolls-Royce Germany has supplied two superpower generators to Ukraine, the country’s health ministry announced on Saturday. In a statement, the Ministry of Health said, “Such a generator is capable of supplying the work not only to one building, but to all buildings, if it is a large regional hospital.”
The United States has announced that it will boycott the St. Petersburg International Forum to be held in Russia later this month. “We urge governments and businesses to join our boycott and send a clear message that there is no ‘business as usual’ as Russian forces brutalize Ukraine,” said Ned Price, door -word of the US State Department.
The Russian military has set up another field hospital due to heavy casualties, reports Kyiv Independent. It is in the village of Shebekino in Russia’s Belgorod Oblast, according to the Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff.
Ukraine retains control of the Azot chemical plant in Sievierodonetsk where hundreds of civilians are sheltering, the region’s governor said. Ukraine said around 800 people were hiding in several bomb shelters under the Azot plant, including around 200 employees and 600 residents of Sievierodonetsk. A Russian-backed separatist claimed that 300 to 400 Ukrainian fighters were also trapped there.
A United Nations commission arrived in Ukraine on Saturday to investigate war crimes. Deputy Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, Olena Kondratyuk, said the purpose of the commission was to record war crimes and human rights abuses.
About 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since Russia invaded the country in February, according to a military adviser to Volodymyr Zelenskiy. He added that in terms of daily Ukrainian casualties, about “200 to 300 die, not less.”
The European Border and Coast Guard Agency says 2.5 million Ukrainians have returned there since the war began in February. The agency said 5.5 million Ukrainians have fled to the EU since the start of the war.
Russia is trying to repeating the Holodomor, a deliberately induced famine in Soviet Ukraine from 1932 to 1933 that killed millions under the Soviet regime, the head of the office of the Ukrainian president said. On Saturday, Andriy Yermak, the head of Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office, said: “The Russians are bombarding Ukrainian fields with incendiary bombs. Those who create the global food crisis are trying to rebuild the Holodomor.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine have received new Starlink satellite communication systems from SpaceX. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said the Starlinks would be used for intelligence missions.
German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, plans a visit to Kyiv alongside French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. The leaders want to meet Volodymyr Zelenskiy before the G7 summit.