On Monday, Russian forces captured a territory in eastern Ukraine, and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says he expects Russia to intensify attacks ahead of a summit of the European Union to accept Ukraine into the EU.

Zelenskyy Expects Russia To Intensify Attacks Ahead Of EU Summit

On Monday, Russian forces captured a territory in eastern Ukraine, and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says he expects Russia to intensify attacks ahead of a summit of the European Union to accept Ukraine into the EU.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

On Monday, Russian forces captured a territory in eastern Ukraine, and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says he expects Russia to intensify attacks ahead of a summit of the European Union to accept Ukraine into the EU.

“Obviously, this week we should expect from Russia an intensification of its hostile activities,” Zelenskyy said in a Sunday nightly video address. “We are preparing. We are ready.”

According to Yahoo News, EU leaders are expected to give their blessing to Ukraine becoming an official candidate to join, a decision that will be marked as a triumph in Kyiv.

On Friday, the European Commission recommended that the war-ravaged country become a candidate to join the bloc, albeit on the understanding that it carries out a number of important reforms.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Ukraine should be welcome as a candidate country — referring to a legal term that means a nation has officially started an accession path to full membership.

Ursula von der Leyen said at a press conference that the commission had one clear message for Kyiv. “And that is, yes, Ukraine deserves [the] European perspective. Yes, Ukraine should be welcomed as a candidate country.”

“This is on the understanding that good work has been done, but important work also remains to be done,” von der Leyen said.

She added that the entire process was “merit-based.”

“So it goes by the book, and therefore progress depends entirely on Ukraine. It is Ukraine that has it in their hands and what could be better to shape your own future,” she said.

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