Reside updates: Russia’s struggle in Ukraine

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky address the nation from his office in Kyiv, Ukraine, on June 22.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky handle the nation from his workplace in Kyiv, Ukraine, on June 22. (President of Ukraine)

In his nightly handle, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke of the conversations he held with 11 European leaders on Wednesday, asking for his or her assist on the eve of an EU summit the place a call will probably be made on Ukraine’s candidate standing with the bloc.

The query of Ukraine’s candidacy for the European Union will probably be determined on the European Council summit happening on Thursday and Friday. 

“Tomorrow I’ll proceed this marathon —  we should present most assist to our state,” Zelensky mentioned.

At a separate occasion earlier Wednesday, Zelensky advised an viewers in Canada that he believed all European Union members would again a proposal to grant Ukraine EU candidate standing.

Russian missile strikes: The President additionally gave an replace on the Russian missile strike at Mykolaiv, southern Ukraine, earlier on Wednesday. CNN reported earlier that Mykolaiv was struck with seven missiles and suffered harm to infrastructure. “Thankfully, nobody was killed and 5 have been injured,” Zelensky mentioned.

In keeping with Zelensky, casualties have been reported following a strike on Kharkiv on Wednesday. Oleh Syniehubov, head of the Kharkiv regional army administration, confirmed this in his Telegram publish Wednesday. He reported 10 individuals lifeless and 10 wounded as the results of the strike.

“In Donbas — large air and artillery strikes. The objective of the occupiers on this course stays the identical — they need to destroy the entire Donbas step-by-step. All. Lysychansk, Sloviansk, Kramatorsk — they should make any metropolis like Mariupol. Utterly damaged,” Zelensky mentioned. 

Struggle crimes: Zelensky additionally thanked the US “for its help in investigating struggle crimes in Ukraine,” and referred to as it “one of many biggest contributions to the safety of worldwide legislation and order in the present day.”

The US legal professional normal introduced a struggle crimes accountability crew throughout a visit to Ukraine Tuesday that may work to determine and prosecute anybody who dedicated struggle crimes within the nation.

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