Russia-Ukraine war: EU to give fast-tracked opinion on Kyiv bid; Russia low on troops and missiles, UK defence chief says – live

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EU to springiness fast-tracked sentiment connected Ukraine rank bid

The European Commission volition conscionable contiguous to springiness its fast-tracked sentiment connected Ukraine’s bid for EU candidacy, a measurement person to rank for the state a time aft the bloc’s most almighty leaders visited Kyiv successful a amusement of support.

Never earlier has an sentiment been fixed truthful rapidly connected EU candidacy, which indispensable beryllium approved by each 27 subordinate states.

The sentiment volition service arsenic a ground for treatment astatine adjacent week’s EU summit, wherever leaders are expected to o.k. Ukraine’s campaigner status, but with stern conditions attached, and rank whitethorn instrumentality years oregon adjacent decades.

France, Germany, Italy and Romania are each successful favour of Ukraine receiving “immediate” campaigner status, French President Emmanuel Macron said successful Kyiv connected Thursday.

“The astir important connection of our sojourn is that Italy wants Ukraine successful the EU,” Draghi said astatine a associated property conference.

Scholz said Ukraine “belongs successful the European family” and that Berlin would proceed to nonstop Kyiv weapons “for arsenic agelong arsenic it is needed.”

President of Romania Klaus Iohannis, President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic Mario Draghi and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met successful  Kyiv connected  Thursday.
President of Romania Klaus Iohannis, President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic Mario Draghi and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met successful Kyiv connected Thursday. Photograph: EyePress News/REX/Shutterstock

Zelenskiy promised Ukraine was acceptable to enactment successful the enactment to go an EU member.

“Ukraine has gotten the closest to EU it has ever been successful the past of its independence,” helium said successful his nightly address.

The Jacques Delors Institute deliberation vessel manager said helium expects a affirmative sentiment connected Ukraine’s EU status, but with conditions and a deadline, according to a rpeort from Agence France Presse.

“This is simply a precise delicate workout for the Commission due to the fact that it cannot beryllium little demanding for Ukraine than for different countries for which it has fixed a favourable sentiment successful the past. Its credibility requires the attraction of precocious standards,” Sebastien Maillard said.

Australia’s caller Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has said helium volition see whether to judge President Volodymyr Zelenskyi’s invitation to sojourn Ukraine during an upcoming European trip.

Albanese said helium lone became alert of the invitation to sojourn Ukraine erstwhile helium work a paper report.

Speaking to reporters connected Friday, helium said:

I’ll instrumentality due advice, and evidently determination are information issues arsenic good successful presumption of specified a visit.

I admit the tone successful which it’s been offered and 1 of the reasons wherefore Australia has been invited to Nato is that Australia is the largest non-Nato contributor to springiness enactment to Ukraine successful its defence of its nationalist sovereignty against Russia’s illegal, immoral invasion. And we’ll proceed to basal with the radical of Ukraine.”

Zelenskiy reportedly gave the invitation erstwhile helium wrote to congratulate Albanese connected his predetermination triumph connected 21 May, said Ukraine Embassy successful Australia’s lawman caput of ngo Volodymyr Shalkivski.

The invitation was for Albanese to “visit Ukraine astatine his convenience,” Shalkivski said, and the embassy handed the invitation implicit to the caller medication 7 June.

Albanese besides confirmed helium volition be a Nato gathering successful Spain astatine the extremity of this month.

Summary and welcome

Hello it’s Samantha Lock backmost with you to present each the latest developments from Ukraine.

The leaders of the European Union are owed to springiness their fast-tracked sentiment connected Ukraine’s rank bid aboriginal contiguous aft the leaders of France, Germany and Italy vowed to enactment Ukraine successful its exertion to articulation connected a sojourn to Kyiv connected Thursday.

Here are each the different large developments:

  • Hundreds of civilians sheltering astatine the Azot chemic works successful Sievierodonetsk are no longer capable to evacuate due to the fact that of the sustained Russian artillery barrages, officials say. Luhansk politician Serhiy Haidai told CNN 568 people, including 38 children, are taking refuge successful the Azot plant. A pro-Russian separatist person claimed Russian-backed forces would reopen a humanitarian corridor for civilians to permission the plant, the Interfax quality bureau reported.
  • Russian overseas curate Sergei Lavrov said Russia is “not ashamed of showing who we are” successful an interrogation with the BBC. “We didn’t invade Ukraine, we declared a peculiar subject cognition due to the fact that we had perfectly nary different mode of explaining to the westbound that dragging Ukraine into Nato was a transgression act,” helium said.
  • Nato says it is committed to providing instrumentality to support Ukraine’s close to self-defence, and volition beryllium making more unit deployments connected its eastbound flank. Nato’s caput general, Jens Stoltenberg, condemned “a relentless warfare of attrition against Ukraine” being waged by Russia, and said Nato continued to connection “unprecedented enactment truthful it tin support itself against Moscow’s aggression”.
  • The caput of the UK’s equipped forces says Russia has already “strategically lost” the warfare successful Ukraine and is present a “more diminished power”. Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said Vladimir Putin had mislaid 25% of Russia’s onshore powerfulness for lone “tiny” gains. In an interrogation with PA Media, helium said Russia was moving retired of troops and precocious missiles and would ne'er beryllium capable to instrumentality implicit each of Ukraine.
  • Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, appeared arsenic a hologram portion referencing Star Wars successful an effort to unafraid much assistance from large tech firms. Zelenskiy told a assemblage of hundreds astatine the VivaTech commercialized amusement successful Paris connected Thursday that Ukraine was offering exertion firms a unsocial accidental to rebuild the state arsenic a afloat integer democracy.
  • At slightest 3 civilians were killed and 7 injured by a Russian airstrike successful the eastbound metropolis of Lysychansk, according to section officials. The onslaught hit a gathering wherever civilians were sheltering, Luhansk politician Serhiy Haidai said.
  • An overnight Russian air-launched rocket onslaught deed a suburb of the bluish Ukrainian metropolis of Sumy, sidesplitting 4 and wounding six, according to officials. Regional politician Dmytro Zhyvytskyi said different rocket onslaught deed the Dobropillia district, which lies adjacent to the Russian border, astatine 5am connected Thursday, followed by 26 mortar rounds fired from crossed the border.
  • A Russian spy tried and failed to unafraid an internship astatine the planetary transgression court (ICC) utilizing the mendacious individuality arsenic a Brazilian national that helium had built up for arsenic agelong arsenic a decade, according to Dutch intelligence. Sergey Vladimirovich Cherkasov, 36, accused of being an cause of Russia’s GRU subject intelligence, was detained erstwhile helium arrived and sent backmost to Brazil the pursuing day.
  • The UK announced a caller question of sanctions against Russia aimed astatine radical progressive with the “barbaric attraction of children successful Ukraine”. Those targeted by sanctions see the Russian children’s rights commissioner, Maria Lvova-Belova, subject commanders, Vladimir Mikhailovich and Patriarch Kirill, the caput of the Russian Orthodox church.
  • The UK has purchased and refurbished much than 20 long-range guns – M109s – from a Belgian arms institution which it is sending to Ukraine, Britain’s defence secretary, Ben Wallace, said. Russia outnumbers Ukraine successful artillery occurrence by 20 to 1 successful immoderate areas but allies are opening to springiness Ukraine the long-range artillery and rocket systems that volition alteration its forces to win, helium told Sky News.
  • Russia warned that state flows to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline could beryllium suspended, blaming problems with turbine repairs. Russia’s ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, told the state-owned quality bureau Ria that a implicit halt successful state flows successful the pipeline, which supplies state from Russia to Europe nether the Baltic Sea, would beryllium a “catastrophe” for Germany. Canada says it is successful progressive discussions with Germany astir a Siemens-made turbine instrumentality undergoing attraction successful Canada and incapable to instrumentality owed to sanctions.
  • Temporary silos connected Ukraine’s borderline would forestall Russia from stealing Ukrainian atom and guarantee the wintertime harvest is not mislaid owed to a deficiency of storage, US agriculture caput Tom Vilsack said connected Thursday. It follows comments from US President Joe Biden that impermanent silos would beryllium built on the borderline with Ukraine.
  • Zelenskiy accused Russia of being unwilling to look for a mode to peace, claiming it volition “decide for himself that the warfare indispensable end”. Ukrainian bid talks negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak besides dismissed Russia’s astir caller comments astir being consenting to proceed negotiations arsenic an effort to deceive the world. Russia, helium said, wanted to springiness the content of being acceptable to speech portion readying to stab Ukraine successful the back.