Ukraine’s Zelenskiy looks to EU offer as Russia pounds cities By Reuters


© Reuters. Ukrainian support customers patrol an area in the metropolis of Sievierodonetsk, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine carries on, Ukraine June 20, 2022. Photo taken June 20, 2022. REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak


By Pavel Polityuk and Vitalii Hnidyi

KYIV/KHARKIV, Ukraine (Reuters) -Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Wednesday hailed the European Union’s anticipated present of applicant status for his struggle-weary nation, as Russian forces pounded Ukraine’s second-most important metropolis Kharkiv and the jap Donbas location.

European leaders will formally established Ukraine on the very long street to EU membership at a summit in Brussels on Thursday. However predominantly symbolic, the move will help lift nationwide morale at a pretty challenging time in a 4-thirty day period conflict that has killed hundreds, displaced millions and flattened cities and metropolitan areas.

The war has also experienced a substantial effect on the world financial state and European safety arrangements, driving up gasoline, oil and foods prices, pushing the EU to decrease its major reliance on Russian energy and prompting Finland and Sweden to search for NATO membership.

The EU will temporarily shift again to coal to cope with dwindling Russian fuel flows with no derailing longer-phrase weather ambitions, an EU formal reported on Wednesday, as a tight gasoline market and soaring costs established off a race for alternative fuels.

Zelenskiy said he experienced spoken to 11 European Union leaders on Wednesday about Ukraine’s candidacy and will make more phone calls on Thursday. He mentioned previously he considered all 27 EU countries will help Ukraine’s candidate status.

“We deserve it,” Zelenskiy explained to crowds in Amsterdam by using video clip link.

Diplomats say it will consider Ukraine a ten years or extra to satisfy the criteria for signing up for the EU. But EU leaders say the bloc have to make a gesture that recognizes Ukraine’s sacrifice.

With its forces jogging minimal on ammunition as a fierce war of attrition grinds on in the Donbas, Ukraine has much more urgent priorities in the near expression.


The Russian strikes on Tuesday and Wednesday on Kharkiv, close to the Russian border, were the worst for weeks in an space wherever standard existence experienced been returning since Ukraine pushed Moscow’s forces again previous thirty day period.

Kyiv characterised the strikes, which reportedly killed at least 20 individuals, as a bid to pressure Ukraine to pull methods from the primary battlefields in the Donbas to protect civilians.

By Synehubov, governor of Kharkiv area, stated Russians ongoing shelling residential districts of Kharkiv and cities in just Kharkiv location.

“There is no letup in the shelling of civilians by the Russian occupiers,” he wrote on the Telegram messaging application. “This is evidence that we cannot assume the same circumstance as in Chernihiv or Kyiv, with Russian forces withdrawing beneath strain.”

Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych explained in a video address that Russian forces were hitting Kharkiv to terrorize the populace and power Ukraine to divert troops.

Zelenskiy has been warned the preventing may escalate ahead of the EU summit. Russia has very long opposed nearer one-way links concerning Ukraine, a previous Soviet point out, and Western golf equipment like the EU and the NATO army alliance.

“There ended up significant air and artillery strikes in Donbas,” he explained in a movie address introduced early Thursday, including Russia would like “to ruin the overall Donbas stage by stage.”

In an sign that the army problem for Ukraine in the Donbas was getting to be extra tough, Tass information agency indicated Russian forces have been on the verge of capturing the village of Vovchoyarivka, some 12 km south west of Lysychansk.

Tass cited resources shut to troops fighting for the self-declared separatist Russian-speaking Luhansk area. The village lies shut to a important highway primary out of Lysychansk to the town of Bakhmut to the south west.

Reuters was not able to right away ensure the report.

In an evening military update, Ukraine’s Standard Team cataloged ongoing hefty Russian shelling of Kharkiv and other towns and villages in its vicinity and air strikes on the devastated city of Sievierodonetsk, between others.

Luhansk’s regional governor, Serhiy Gaidai, said in an online post Wednesday evening that Russian forces carry on to establish up reserves in Sievierodonetsk in an try to encircle Ukrainian troops.

He turned down Russian claims that its armed service previously controls the town. “Battles are continuing,” he informed Ukrainian Television. “Russian forces do not have entire control.”

Moscow says Ukrainian forces in Sievierodonetsk, scene of the heaviest modern combating, are trapped. It ordered them last week to surrender or die just after the very last bridge about the Siverskyi Donets river was destroyed.

In an indicator the armed forces problem for Ukraine in the Donbas was becoming a lot more challenging, Tass – citing Russian-speaking separatists fighting for Moscow – reported Russian forces have been on the verge of capturing Vovchoyarivka, a village some 12 km (7 miles) southwest of Lysychansk .

The village lies shut to a significant highway major out of Lysychansk, a sister city throughout the river from Sievierodonetsk.

Reuters was unable to quickly confirm the report.

Within Russia, a hearth tore by way of an oil refinery just 8 km (5 miles) from the frontier with Donbas territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists, soon after what the refinery described as a cross-border assault on Wednesday by two drones.

There was no fast Ukrainian remark on the strike, which suspended creation at the Novoshakhtinsk refinery.

Ukraine usually does not comment on reports of assaults on Russian infrastructure in the vicinity of the border, which it has referred to as “karma” for Russian attacks on Ukraine.