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Russia-Ukraine Conflict: –Ukraine Overview–Zelenskyj Campaigns For EU Membership, Ukraine Defends Chemical Plant

President Volodymyr Zelenskyj considers EU skepticism towards his country inappropriate. Hundreds are holding out at the Azot chemical plant in Sievjerodonetsk.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy again campaigned overnight for his country to join the EU. He is convinced that a decision on candidate status for Ukraine would also make the European Union stronger.

In a video speech, Selenskyj also criticized the persistent concerns of some EU countries about the project: "What else has to happen in Europe for the skeptics to realize that keeping Ukraine outside the European Union is damaging to Europe?"

During a visit to Kiev on Saturday, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that she would review Ukraine's EU membership application by Friday. The Commission will issue a recommendation on Ukraine's possible candidate status – without prejudging or setting a timeframe for possible accession. 

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Meanwhile, a possible admission of Sweden and Finland to the western defense alliance NATO is progressing. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is traveling to Finland for talks this Sunday. On Monday he will meet with the government in Sweden.

According to Von der Leyen, a historic decision is imminent

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has spoken of a historic decision in relation to the upcoming decision on possible accession negotiations with Ukraine. "I hope that in 20 years, when we look back, we can say that we did the right thing," von der Leyen said after her visit to Kyiv. The challenge will be to emerge from the EU summit on June 23rd and 24th with a unified position "that reflects the scope of these historic decisions."

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Von der Leyen traveled to the Ukrainian capital at the weekend to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to discuss open points of Ukraine's application for admission. your authority wantsAt the end of the week they will publish their recommendation on whether the country should be granted EU candidate status. On this basis, the EU countries must then make a unanimous decision. 

China denies material support from Russia

China has reaffirmed its officially neutral position in the Ukraine war. Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe told a security conference in Singapore that his country had " never provided any kind of material support " to Russia in connection with the Ukraine crisis. Beijing supports peace talks between the warring factions and hopes that "NATO will hold talks with Russia," Wei said.

A Conspiracy That Ended In Violence

The government in Beijing has so far neither openly criticized the Russian invasion of Ukraine nor declared its support for Russia's military offensive. Western officials have repeatedly warned China not to give any support to Russia's attack on the neighboring country. Economically, Russia and China have moved ever closer together in recent years.

The main events of the night:

In eastern Ukraine, Russian troops and pro-Russian separatists continue to fight for control. A chemical plant surrounded by Russian fighters, in whose bunkers hundreds of civilians took shelter before the war, is still in Ukrainian hands, the local governor Serhiy Hajdaj reported. His statement cannot be independently verified.

Sieverodonetsk Under Russian Control

According to political analysts, Russian President Vladimir Putin is deliberately speculating that war fatigue will set in in the West and that support for Ukraine will wane. "It's obvious that Russia is determined to wear the West down," Volodymyr Fesenko of Ukraine's think tank Penta Center Fesenko said in an interview with the AP news agency.

The family of a Briton who fought in eastern Ukraine and was sentenced to death by pro-Russian separatists has spoken out for the first time . They demanded the release of 48-year-old Shaun Pinner and criticized him as the victim of a "show trial" in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic.

According to the European border protection agency Frontex, more people are currently returning to Ukraine than are fleeing the war-torn country . In the week from June 2 to 8, 220,142 Ukrainians entered EU countries. In the same period, however, 238,362 Ukrainian citizens left the EU to return to their homeland.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz is apparently planning a visit to Ukraine. This was reported by Bild am Sonntag and Spiegel Online with reference to Ukrainian and French government circles. A spokesman for the federal government declined to comment on the report. A French government spokesman said he could not confirm the information.

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