Updated on 05/10/2022 at 06:14
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sees it as an “important and not only formal” step towards his country’s accession to the EU.
- The attacks against Odessa again cause deaths and injuries.
- It is said that civilians are still resisting in the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol.
- The news of the night.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy hopes his country will obtain EU candidate status as early as June. He said this on Monday evening in his daily video address. A few hours earlier, around 1,000 pages of documents had been delivered to Brussels in response to the famous questionnaire on EU membership. In Washington, US President Joe Biden signed a law facilitating the delivery of arms to Ukraine and other countries in Eastern Europe. At the same time, he urged Congress to approve a billion-euro package for Kyiv soon. On the Russian side, there have been several rocket attacks against the port city of Odessa.
Candidate for EU membership already in June?
“Today we have taken another step on our way to the European Union, an important step and not just a formal one,” Zelenskyy said in his daily video address on Monday evening. On Monday, his country submitted the second half of the answers to the questionnaire that each state must complete to apply for membership. “It usually takes months, but we did it in a few weeks.”
Zelensky said he spoke to both EU Council President Charles Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen about Ukraine’s European integration. Both were impressed with the quick response to the questionnaire. “And I was delighted to hear from her (von der Leyen) that our speed will spur the European Commission to act just as quickly.” He expects a positive response and candidate status for Ukraine in June.
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Biden signs law authorizing arms sales to Ukraine
US President Biden has signed a law that – similar to the World War II-era Lend-Lease Act – makes it easier to deliver arms to Ukraine and other countries in Eastern Europe. ‘East. Biden spoke of an “important tool to support the government and people of Ukraine in their fight to defend their country and democracy” against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war. “The cost of fighting is not negligible. But giving in to aggression costs even more.”
Selenskyj spoke of a “historic milestone”. Ukraine is grateful, he tweeted. “I am sure that we will win again together. And we will defend democracy in Ukraine. And in Europe. Just like 77 years ago.”
The American president will thus be authorized until 2023 to lend or rent military equipment to Ukraine and other countries in Eastern Europe affected by the Russian war of aggression. The US Congress passed a similar Lend-Lease Act in 1941, which allowed the United States to supply armaments to the Allies fighting the Nazis.
Biden urges Congress to hurry with billion-euro package for Ukraine
Biden has asked Congress for quick approval of the billion-euro package he is asking for to help Ukraine. “I have nearly exhausted the funds made available to me by a bipartisan majority in Congress to support Ukrainian fighters,” Biden said Monday. This could be the case in ten days. “We cannot allow our aid deliveries to be halted while we await further action from Congress.”
Biden has asked Congress for an additional $33 billion. Most of this sum – over $20 billion – is to be used for military aid. The US government had previously launched several major support programs for Ukraine. Since the beginning of the war at the end of February, the United States has promised or delivered arms and ammunition for more than 3.7 billion US dollars (about 3.5 billion euros) to the former Soviet republic.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy awarded a medal to a mine detection dog during a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Dead and injured in Russian rocket attacks on Odessa
At least one person was killed and five others injured in Russian rocket attacks on the Ukrainian port city of Odessa on Tuesday night. This was reported by the Unian agency, citing local military leaders. “The enemy maintains its psychological pressure and continues its hysterical attacks against peaceful civilians and civilian infrastructure,” he said.
The city was shaken by numerous explosions in the evening. According to the media, among other things, a shopping center and a warehouse were affected. Shortly before, the Russian Air Force had fired several Kinzhal-type hypersonic missiles at Odessa, according to the Ukrainian military. “Tourist objects” were hit and at least five buildings were destroyed, Ukrajinska Pravda reported.
The port city in southern Ukraine has been the target of Russian rocket attacks since Sunday evening. Several rockets fell in the region on Monday afternoon during a visit by EU Council President Charles Michel. Michel and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal therefore had to ask for protection. With this, Russia shows its true attitude towards Europe, President Zelenskyj commented in the evening.
There would still be civilians at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol
Despite reports that all civilians had been completely evacuated from the Azovstal plant in the Ukrainian port of Mariupol, besieged by Russian troops, around 100 civilians are still believed to be there. In addition, around 100,000 people were still in the badly damaged city, regional administration head Pavlo Kyrylenko said late Monday. “It’s hard to say which of them wants to leave the city,” he told ‘Ukrajinska Pravda’.
Ukrainian troops have entrenched themselves in the Steelworks, the last stronghold of Mariupol. In recent days, several hundred women, children and elderly people have been evacuated there with the help of the United Nations and the Red Cross. However, defenders of Azovstal did not want to rule out the possibility that civilians were still staying in some of the vast site’s cellars.
What does the day bring?
Zelenskyj wants to address the Slovak parliament in a video message on Tuesday. In the context of the war in Ukraine, the ministers responsible for digitization of the G7 countries meet in Düsseldorf to discuss how they can come closer together on cybersecurity. (dpa/ska)
According to CIA chief Bill Burns, Russian President Vladimir Putin will continue to push the war in Ukraine. According to Burns, Putin is confident that with even more effort, progress can be made.