Ukraine’s EU candidacy will strengthen Europe as Russia threatens freedom – Zelensky
President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine’s formal candidature to join the European Union was a big step towards strengthening Europe at a time when Russia was testing its freedom and unity. Russia continued its massive assault in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region on Friday – with the day marking four months since President Vladimir Putin invaded its neighbour, sparking the biggest conflict in Europe since World War Two, killing thousands, uprooting millions and reducing cities to rubble. After failing to gain a quick victory by capturing Kyiv, Putin’s forces are now focused on taking control of eastern Ukraine in what has become a war of attrition, with no end in sight, and the risk that the conflict could widen in Europe.
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