European Commission President Ryan said the EU hopes to admit Ukraine as a member in due course as Ukraine is at war with Russia.
“We have made progress with Ukraine, such as consolidating its markets into a single market. We are also working very closely on the energy grid. We are actively addressing many issues. Over time they are ours. They are ours part, we want to accommodate them,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a February 27 interview. Ukraine into the EU.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also said on the same day that he had discussed with European Commission President Ryan the issue of strengthening Ukraine’s defense capabilities and joining the European Union.
Asked about the possibility of peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, Lane said it was important that Kyiv “agreed to negotiate and the terms were good” but that “faith in President Putin is dead.”
The offensive entered its fifth day after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. The Ukrainian Interior Ministry announced on February 27 that 352 civilians were killed, including at least 14 children, and 1,684 were injured, including 116 children.
More than 300,000 Ukrainians have been evacuated to EU countries since Russia launched the offensive, EU officials said on February 27. The European Commission is expected this week to ask member states to grant Ukrainians asylum for up to three years.
Russia’s move comes after the United States and its allies imposed a series of sanctions on Moscow and President Vladimir Putin. Western nations agreed on February 26 to remove several Russian banks from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), in what is considered a very tough sanction. Moscow has repeatedly claimed that a series of sanctions shows the helplessness of the West.
Many EU countries are assisting Ukraine in responding to Russian military action. Germany is approving the shipment of 400 shoulder-fired anti-tank guns (RPGs) from a third country to Ukraine. The Belgian prime minister also announced the deployment of 300 troops in Romania to join NATO’s efforts to strengthen the alliance’s eastern flank. The Dutch government said it would send 200 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine, while the Czech Republic also approved the delivery of weapons and ammunition worth $8.57 million to Ukraine to help it defend itself.
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