July 4, 2022

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Things to remember from Sunday, May 22nd

On Sunday, May 22, Russian forces continued to bomb eastern Ukraine, aiming to capture Severotnetsk in Lukansk, one of two parts of the Donbass. On the diplomatic front, France considered Ukraine joining the European Union “Probably 15 or 20 years”, at the risk of making kyiv cringe. Here is the important information of the day.

“Land Across” Russian Attacks

According to the Ukrainian president, Russian bombs targeted the cities of Mikholev, Kharkiv and Saporizia overnight from Saturday to Sunday. Ukrainian civil servants noted in its daily morning summary that the Russian military continues “Its missile and air strikes across the region” And there was even “Increased intensity with the use of aircraft to destroy vital infrastructure”.

According to War Research Institute, an American research center, Russian forces “Get territory” Rubijne-Severodonetsk-Lyssychansk region and to “Intensified their efforts to capture Severodonetsk”. Near this place, Moscow’s troops destroyed a bridge and showed their willingness to encircle the city.

Martial law in Ukraine extended for three months

In two votes, the Ukrainian parliament on Sunday approved an extension of presidential decree on martial law and public mobilization until August 23. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky signed the agreement on February 24, the first day of the Russian invasion. They have already been extended twice, for a period of one month.

The “historic” trip of the Polish president to Q.

On Sunday, Polish President Andrzej Duda became the first foreign head of state to address the Ukrainian parliament in Que since the start of Russia’s invasion. “Then [les massacres à] Boutcha, Borodianka, Mariupol, no longer trade with Russia ‘as usual’ “, He said, was interrupted several times by a standing ovation during a speech. He said he was not going to relax his attempt “Until Ukraine becomes a member of the European Union”.

His Ukrainian representative, for his part, greeted in front of the delegates “A historic moment“, “A historic union between the Ukrainian and Polish peoples”. “Poland plays an important role in our future, our common future within the EU”Insisted Volodymyr Zhelensky. If Ukraine is a member of the European Union, “Thanks for this Poland”. Signing of a bilateral agreement reducing tariffs on the border between the two countries “In the recent future”Announced.

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“In 15 or 20 years” in the EU according to Ukraine, Paris

Ukraine joins EU “Probably 15 or 20 years”Estimated, Sunday, by the French Ministerial Representative for European Affairs, Clement Peon. “If we say that Ukraine will join the EU in 6 months, 1 year or 2 years, we are lying. That is not true. (…) It is too long.”In the meantime he estimated that kyiv should enter the European political community proposed by Emmanuel Macron.

On May 9, the French president ruled that Cuew wanted the process of joining the European Union. “It will take many years, actually decades.”Therefore his proposal a “New European Organization”. On Saturday, Volodymyr Zhelensky again denied the allegations : “We do not need alternatives to Ukraine’s EU candidacy. We do not need such compromises.”