Ukraine and Moldova have officially been granted E-U candidate status, moving the nations one step closer to joining the union
At a European leaders meeting in Brussels, the decision comes nearly four months after Ukraine’s Zelensky launched his country’s bid to join the bloc, and deals a major blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
But the Kremlin has been acting as though it’s no big deal, with Putin claiming he has “nothing against” the possible membership, saying it’s Ukraine’s “sovereign decision” to join or not.
Ukrainian President Zelensky has welcomed the move, calling it “a unique and historic moment” and says his country’s future is in the EU.
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has declared it “a good day for Europe”.
While candidate status is the first official step toward E-U membership, it can take many years to join and there’s no guarantee the process will be successful.
The process can also go into reverse, if a future Ukrainian government fails to implement certain reforms on the rule of law and its economy.
But the Commission president has hope.
Russia abandons Black Sea outpost ‘Snake Island
Russia has departed the strategic Black Sea outpost ‘Snake Island’ with many viewing this as a win for Ukraine
The abandonment of this outpost could loosen Russia’s grip over Ukrainian ports.
Russia says the withdrawal is a “gesture of goodwill” demonstrating it is not obstructing U.N. efforts to open a humanitarian corridor.
But Ukraine disputes this, saying its military forces have driven Russia away, following an artillery and missile assault.
The chief of staff to Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted “KABOOM!”,confirming no Russian troops are on the Snake Island anymore.
This of course comes as Sweden and Finland join NATO, with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noting the strategic alliance is ready for all eventualities.
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The U.S. and NATO will stick by Ukraine for ‘as long as it takes’ continuing to aid the nation as it stands up to Putin’s war machine
As the historic summit wraps up, the military alliance has promised to deliver hundreds of thousands of additional troops to defend eastern Europe.
Joe Biden also announced a further $800 million in military aid for Ukraine.
When pressed about just how much financial aid the U.S. can provide, Biden remained firm in his support for the war-torn country.
The war is now in its fifth month, and not even the U-S President is game to predict how the conflict is going to end, but he is confident it won’t end with a Russian defeat of Ukraine.
Biden labeled the NATO summit ‘historic’ as the West reacts to ongoing Russian aggression and the ever-increasing global dominance of China.
Richard Branson offers support to Kyiv on an historic visit
Billionaire Richard Branson has visited Kyiv, where he met with President Zelensky
Richard Branson has toured some of the sites where Russian attacks have devastated Ukraine.
He says the sights are “appalling” and describes Russia’s military presence as “an invasion”.
The pair reportedly discussed assistance the billionaire can offer, and comes days after the Ukraine capital city was bombed for the first time in weeks.
Branson is the latest in a string of big names to visit the war-torn nation, and comes just a day after Sean Penn visited President Zelensky.
The Virgin Chief Executive visited in Poland, where he met with business leaders.
“The least the rest of the world can do is to give our unwavering and unconditional support until the last Russian soldier leaves Ukrainian territory,” he says.
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