Ukraine faces tough week as Russia reacts to Kyiv’s closer EU integration, warns Zelensky

21 June, 10:28 AM
Zelensky stressed that Russian troops would be actively shelling Ukraine this week (Photo:President's Office of Ukraine)

Zelensky stressed that Russian troops would be actively shelling Ukraine this week (Photo:President's Office of Ukraine)

The coming week is going to be difficult, as Russia is sure to react to Ukraine’s EU integration moving forward a step, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said during his nightly video address to the nation on June 20.

Zelensky added that Russian leadership “can only be stopped on the battlefield.”

“As I expected, Russia is getting nervous about our (Ukraine’s and the EU’s) activity,” said Zelensky.

“Renewed shelling of Kharkiv and Odesa, renewed advances around Donbas. This evil can only be put to rest on the battlefield.”

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The European Commission recommended on June 17 that Ukraine to be given EU candidate status. Despite having some reservations prior to that, the Netherlands and Denmark voiced their support for this move.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on June 8 calling for Ukraine to be given EU candidacy, with 438 votes in favor.

The next day, the leaders of the European Parliament’s political groups supported Ukraine and Moldova being given candidate status and urged working further with Georgia so that the country might attain it in the future.

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