LIVE – War in Ukraine: Russians advance in the east, kyiv awaits a green light from the European Union


Germany activates gas alert level over drop in Russian deliveries

Berlin on Thursday activated the “alert level” of its emergency plan to secure its gas supply, bringing the country closer to a rationing situation, in the wake of a 60% drop in deliveries from Moscow via the Nord Stream gas pipeline.

“We are in a gas crisis. Gas is now a scarce resource,” Economy Minister Robert Habeck told a press conference. In this context, the government will be able to “support” market players in coping with high prices. The third and final stage of the plan, the “emergency level”, would allow the state to organize rationing.

Ukraine must “have no illusions” about its EU candidacy

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama advised Ukrainians on Thursday not to “have any illusions” about the status of candidate granted by the European Union because the process for accession will be very long.

“North Macedonia has been a candidate for 17 years, if I haven’t lost count, and Albania for eight years, so welcome to Ukraine,” he quipped on his arrival in Brussels at a meeting with EU leaders.

“It’s a good thing to give status to Ukraine. But I hope the Ukrainian people will not have many illusions,” he added.

Applications from Ukraine and Moldova: a “historic moment” for the EU

The summit organized Thursday in Brussels will be “a historic moment” for the European Union with the decision to grant the status of candidate for accession to Ukraine and Moldova, said the President of the European Council Charles Michel .

“This European Council is a historic moment on the geopolitical level. A choice must be made today which will engage the future of the European Union, our stability, our security, our prosperity”, he declared to his arrived at the top.

The three Donetsk death row prisoners will appeal

A few days after the announcement of their death sentence by the authorities of the Republic of Donetsk, two Britons and a Moroccan, captured while fighting alongside Ukrainian forces, will appeal the decision, reports the agency CASS.

This verdict was the first pronounced against foreigners fighting in Ukraine, and was quickly singled out for its harshness. The international community also recalls that these men are not mercenaries, but soldiers of the Ukrainian army, and that their treatment must fall under the the Geneva Convention, which protects prisoners of war.

The Russian army advances towards the city Lysychansk

According to the British Home Office, the army from Moscow has advanced to the outskirts of the strategic city of Lysychansk in the past five days.

“Russian forces have most likely advanced more than five kilometers towards the southern approaches to the city of Lysychansk in the Donbass,” the same ministry said in a message posted on Twitter.

“Some Ukrainian units have withdrawn, probably to avoid being surrounded. Russia’s improved performance in this sector is probably the result of the recent reinforcement of units and the heavy concentration of fire. […] However, his efforts to achieve deeper encirclement to take western Donetsk Oblast remain stalled.”

Kyiv suspended from decision on EU membership

The fate of Ukraine is being played out in Brussels where the Twenty-Seven are considering its candidacy for membership of the European Union on Thursday, a highly symbolic milestone nearly four months after its invasion by the Russian army.

Meanwhile, Russian forces continue to tighten their grip in the Donbass on the twin cities of Lysytchansk and Severodonetsk. The pocket of Ukrainian resistance around these two strategic industrial cities is increasingly tightly surrounded by the Russians, in this region of Lugansk destroyed by artillery battles.

“As actively as we are fighting for a positive decision by the European Union on Ukraine’s candidacy, we are fighting daily to obtain deliveries of modern weapons,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky insisted on Wednesday evening. must participate virtually in the European Council summit in Brussels.

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