“L”Ukraine needs help: modern supplies, food, weapons and equipment,” said the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky He speaks in a video link at the ISPI Global Policy Forum in Milan. “What we want is for the war to end and that our land does not belong to anyone else. We protect our common goals and values with Europe. For us this is a unifying factor and I think that is why we received candidate status. Only the European Union should consider us as an equal partner.” “Please,” he said, referring to former Prime Minister Mario Monti’s question about tomorrow’s vote in Parliament. “What we want is for the war to end and that our land does not belong to anyone else. We protect our common goals and values with Europe. For us this is a unifying factor and I think that is why we received candidate status. Only the European Union should consider us as an equal partner.” In any negotiations with Russia we need “security guarantees for the future – said Zelensky – and we believe that Italy should be among the guarantors. We thank the Italian government for its support”. “Please support us,” Zelensky added.
He later said “difficult negotiations are underway to open Ukrainian ports” Zelensky to the African Union.
Zelensky: ‘A historic week, we will have a response from the European Union on the candidacy’
News from the field
The Russians want to take Lugansk on Sunday. After weeks of siege, Moscow’s campaign to conquer Donbass Oblast approaches a turning point. Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine Hanna Maliar said that in the cities of Severodonetsk and Lyschansk, “decisive battles are taking place, and the Russian leadership demands that its forces reach the administrative borders of the region by June 26.” “Now – he added – the Russian army has launched practically all its forces and means to attack the neighboring settlements. They are trying to penetrate the defenses of our forces and besiege them.” Pro-Russians claimed the capture of Toshkivka, on the west bank of the Seversky Donets River. From there they can try to break the lines of defense and launch a decisive attack on Lysekhansk, where President Volodymyr Zelensky has made a secret visit in the past few hours “to see for himself how the situation is developing” and to encourage the troops at the front. On the other hand, Severodonetsk is now de facto in the hands of Moscow, although the armed stalemate remains with the defenders of the Azot chemical plant, holed up in bunkers along with more than 500 civilians, including about forty children. Raids continue across the rest of Ukraine, from Kharkiv to Zelensky’s hometown of Kryvyi Rih, in the same southern region of Dnipropetrovsk where a fuel depot was bombed for more than 40 hours on Saturday, killing at least three. Rocket attacks also targeted the city of Odessa, destroying a food warehouse.
Meanwhile, in devastated Mariupol, the humanitarian situation remains dire, with water and food shortages for thousands of people. For its part, Kyiv forces continue their counterattack in the south and allegedly hit the Black Sea drilling rig of Chernomorneftegaz, which is based in Crimea. According to the Russian budget, at least seven people were missing, 94 others were evacuated and three were injured.
EU summit draft
“The European Union reiterates its strong support for Ukraine for its economic, military, social and financial resilience” and “calls on Russia to immediately and unconditionally withdraw all its forces from the entire Ukrainian territory in accordance with internationally recognized borders.” This is what we read In the first draft of the European Council on 23 and 24 June, in the chapter on Ukraine. This is a provisional draft that will be tabled tomorrow at the Luxembourg General Affairs Council, while in the next few hours the position of the Summit on granting candidate status to Kiev will be included in the text.
The European Union, as well as the draft, continues its strong commitment to provide more military support to assist Ukraine in its work for self defense against Russian aggression and in its activity to defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of its territory.” The text, in the paragraph devoted to Ukraine, in point 8, explicitly refers to sending more military aid to Kyiv, and in a short period in parentheses states that “to this end, the European Union calls To increase military support within the European Peace Facility.
“This is a strong signal to be felt beyond our borders, a sign of our strength and unity, and special mention should be made of the support of these three countries, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia,” the High Representative said. On the foreign policy of the European Union, Josep Borrell spoke at the end of the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg about the “historic moment” that Europe is going through, with the Commission’s recommendation to give the European perspective to the three countries. “Today the ministers renewed their commitment to help Kyiv militarily: the war continues, it will continue and every day there is a heavy burden in terms of human lives, and it seems that Putin wants to physically destroy Ukraine, to eliminate the idea of the Ukrainian nation.” “We should support Ukraine as long as it is needed, but we demand a truce on the export of grain,” he explained.
Use of prohibited weapons
An analysis by the New York Times showed – meanwhile – “Russia’s extensive use of cluster weapons in Ukraine Prohibited by some international treaties. Relations with the United States – writes Dmitry Medvedev meanwhile – are zero Kelvin. We have no relationship with them now. There is no need to melt the ice today, nor to negotiate with them. Let them run or crawl. They appreciate it as a special service. “Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of the Russian Security Council and an ally of President Putin, wrote on social media, talking about the possibility of further negotiations on nuclear treaties. The Guardian reports.” The person who had a direct relationship with START-3 (the Treaty on the Reduction of Nuclear Weapons between the United States and the Russian Federation) and signed it in 2010, I think the time for new negotiations is the most inappropriate,” he added.
He meets Bonomi in Kev Zelensky
Confindustria President Carlo Bonomi is in Kyiv where he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. This is what emanates from an official post from the president on his Instagram and Telegram profile. The meeting – explains the video – is dedicated to the participation of Italian entrepreneurs in the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine. “For us, it is important that Italian producers present themselves in our market with a new strong wave,” Zelensky wrote on social networks. Bonomi is accompanied on his visit by Italian Ambassador to Ukraine Pier Francesco Zazzo. In the video, which was published by Zelensky, we see the moment when Ambassador Zazu and President of Confindustria Bonomi met President Zelensky, in a room possibly in the presidential palace, they shook hands and some moments of the meeting, where the participants were seated around a large table. On the occasion of the visit to Kyiv, Bonomi met with Zazu, Deputy Energy Minister of Ukraine Yaroslav Demchenkov. This was announced by Yaroslav himself, who posted a photo on his Twitter profile, in which he wrote: “I am pleased to have met two true friends of Ukraine, Pier Francesco Zazzo, Italian Ambassador to Ukraine, and Carlo Bonomi, President of Confindustria.” “We have signed an agreement with the Ukrainian government under which we will make our supply chains available for reconstruction – said Confindustria President Carlo Bonomi, in an interview with Rai Uno regarding the Ukrainian capital – as well as with” the opening of an office of the Confindustria Permanent Delegation at the Italian Embassy in Kyiv to help Italian companies to Precisely in this process of rapprochement with Ukraine. “It’s a very important meeting,” he added, recalling Mario Draghi’s words “only with values.” From freedom and democracy you can have economic and social development.”