Roundup: Ukraine EU candidate, but Russia leads – Night at a Glance

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Kyiv (DPA-AFX) – As a new EU candidate country, Ukraine can look forward to a common European future. At the same time, however, the military situation in the East Luhansk region is becoming increasingly precarious for the Ukrainian military. Russian troops are fighting and trying to encircle the strategically important city of Lisichansk. Other critical weapons such as many rocket launcher artillery systems and patrol boats come from the USA.

Zelensky: Historical status of an EU candidate for Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy described his country’s EU candidate status as a historic moment. “The future of Ukraine lies in the European Union,” he emphasized after the decision of the EU heads of state and government at the summit in Brussels. At the same time, it is currently the greatest possible step to strengthen Europe, “while the Russian war is testing our ability to maintain independence and unity.

Selensky had campaigned intensively for the possibility of a merger in the past few months. Now, in his daily video address, he reiterates that Ukraine is ready to become a full member of the European Union.

Russian soldier Lysychansk. drive to the outskirts

According to Ukrainian sources, Russian troops were advancing in eastern Ukraine on the outskirts of the city of Lisichansk. “Our fighters stopped moving in the direction of the southern outskirts of Lisichansk, inflicting casualties on the enemy and forcing them to retreat,” said the General Staff situation report in Kyiv on Thursday evening. The Russian army is coming to the heap now.

Lysychansk is the last major city in Luhansk Oblast under full Ukrainian control. The twin town of Svyzerodonetsk, across the River Siversky Donets, was largely captured by Russian troops.

On Thursday morning it became known that a Ukrainian group was surrounded south of Lisichansk in the villages of Solote and Hirske. In the evening, the Ukrainian army announced that Russian troops had meanwhile partially occupied Hirske. They reportedly managed to completely shut down the Kadhai.

The US has promised Ukraine more weapons for $450 million

The US announced further arms sales to Ukraine worth 450 million dollars (around 428 million euros). John Kirby, a senior White House official, said it included multiple rocket launcher artillery systems and patrol boats. According to its own statements, the United States has promised or already delivered around $6.1 billion worth of arms and equipment to a country attacked by Russia over the four months of the war. The government in Kyiv is demanding more modern weapons in order to curb the military superiority of the Russian troops.

White House: G7 summit to further isolate Russia

US President Joe Biden is traveling to the G7 summit this Saturday, which will take place from Sunday to Tuesday in Schloss Elmau, Bavaria. Kirby listed the goals of the summit as: “Isolating Russia from the global economy, targeting Russia’s defense supply chain, and continuing to contain these unprecedented sanctions.” After the G7 meeting, Biden travels to the NATO summit in Madrid. There, too, Ukraine will be at the center of the war.

Nike (NYSE:) announces withdrawal from Russia

Nike, the world’s largest sporting goods manufacturer, wants to break away from Russia after the ongoing war against Ukraine. “Nike has decided to exit the Russian market,” the US company announced. The priority now is to support local workers as operations ramp down over the coming months. Like many other Western companies, the Adidas competitor had already significantly restricted its business in Russia after the invasion of the Ukraine. More and more companies now want to turn their backs on Russia.

Friday will be important

The EU summit will discuss high inflation and rising energy prices as part of the war aftermath of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The military situation around Lysyhansk is still being looked after, as Russia there could pave the way for control of the entire Luhansk region.

At a conference in Berlin shortly before the G7 summit, the federal government is concentrating on the global food situation and the search for a solution to the blocked grain exports from Ukraine.

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