European leaders to discuss next steps on Ukraine, energy
EU country leaders will discuss increasing support for Ukraine and their joint next steps to tame soaring energy prices when they meet on Friday. In a meeting invitation letter to EU leaders published on Sunday, European Council President Charles Michel called for a firm EU response to recent developments, including Russia declaring the annexation of four regions of Ukraine on Friday. “At our meeting, we will discuss how to continue providing strong economic, military, political and financial support to Ukraine for as long as it takes,” said Michel, who chairs meetings of EU country leaders. Russia’s proclaimed annexation came after Moscow held what it called referendums in occupied areas of Ukraine. Western governments and Kyiv said the votes breached international law and were coercive and non-representative.
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