In his overnight address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke about talks he held with 11 European leaders on Wednesday and asked for their support ahead of an EU summit where a decision will be made on Ukraine’s candidate status with the bloc. .
The issue of Ukraine’s candidacy for the European Union will be decided at the European Council summit on Thursday and Friday.
“Tomorrow I will continue this marathon – we need to support our state to the fullest,” Zelensky said.
At a separate event earlier Wednesday, Zelensky told an audience in Canada that he believed all members of the European Union would support a proposal to grant Ukraine candidate status.
Russian missile strikes: The president also provided an update on the Russian missile attack on Mykolaiv, southern Ukraine, earlier on Wednesday. DailyExpertNews previously reported that Mykolaiv was hit with seven missiles and damaged infrastructure. “Fortunately, there were no deaths and five injured,” Zelensky said.
According to Zelensky, there were casualties after an attack on Kharkov on Wednesday. Oleh Syniehubov, head of Kharkov’s regional military administration, confirmed this in his Telegram post on Wednesday. He reported 10 dead and 10 injured as a result of the strike.
“In Donbas – massive air and artillery strikes. The aim of the occupiers in this direction remains the same: they want to destroy the entire Donbas step by step. All. Lysychansk, Sloviansk, Kramatorsk – they have to make every city like Mariupol. Completely devastated,” Zelensky said.
War Crimes: Zelensky also thanked the United States “for its help in investigating war crimes in Ukraine”, calling it “one of the greatest contributions to protecting the international legal order today”.
The US Attorney General announced a war crimes accountability team during a trip to Ukraine on Tuesday that will work to identify and prosecute anyone who has committed war crimes in the country.