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After EU's nod, Ukraine vows to prevail as it battles Russian assaults

World Jun 18, 2022 08:02PM ET
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11/11 © Reuters. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy walk at Mykhailivska Square, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine June 17, 2022. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS 2/11

By Pavel Polityuk and Max Hunder

KYIV (Reuters) -With a blessing for its EU ambitions and a pledge of unwavering support from Britain, Ukraine vowed on Saturday to prevail against Moscow as it battled Russian assaults near a key eastern city and multiple locations came under shell and missile attack.

European Union countries are expected at a summit next week to grant Ukraine EU candidate status following a recommendation from the bloc's executive on Friday, putting Kyiv on course to realise an aspiration seen as out of reach before Russia's Feb. 24 invasion, even if actual membership could take years.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a surprise visit to Kyiv on Friday and offered a stepped-up training for Ukrainian forces. Back in Britain on Saturday, he stressed the need to avoid "Ukraine fatigue" after nearly four months of war.

"The Russians are grinding forward inch by inch and it is vital for us to show what we know to be true, which is that Ukraine can win and will win," he told reporters."When Ukraine fatigue is setting in, it is very important to show that we are with them for the long haul and we are giving them the strategic resilience that they need."

In an op-ed for London's Sunday Times newspaper, Johnson said this meant ensuring "Ukraine receives weapons, equipment, ammunition and training more rapidly than the invader."

"Time is the vital factor," he said. "Everything will depend on whether Ukraine can strengthen its ability to defend its soil faster than Russia can renew its capacity to attack."

On the battlefields on Saturday, Sievierodonetsk, a prime target in Moscow's offensive to seize full control of the eastern region of Luhansk, was again under heavy artillery and rocket fire as the Russian forces attacked areas outside the industrial city, the Ukrainian military said.

A Russian-backed representative said a big explosion rocked the Sievierodonetsk area on Saturday and a large orange-coloured cloud could be seen rising into the air.

Rodion Miroshnik, of the self-styled separatist administration of the Luhansk People's Republic, posted a video on Telegram of what he said was the cloud, adding that he could not tell if the blast occurred in or near the city.

Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai said Russian attacks on towns just south of Sievierodonetsk were repulsed by Ukrainian forces, although the situation in satellite villages was "difficult."

"The Russians have thrown all their reserves in the direction of Sievierodonetsk and Bakhmut," he said in an online post. "They are trying to establish full control over the regional centre and to cut the Lysychansk-Bakhmut highway. They're having no success, they are dying en masse."

Gaidai said the city of Lysychansk was under constant shelling but remained fully in Ukrainian hands, although a 'quiet' evacuation was underway, and humanitarian convoys were being brought in daily. He said a key highway out of the city was now impassable due to Russian shelling.

To the northwest, several Russian missiles hit a gasworks in Izium district, and Russian rockets rained on a suburb of Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, hitting a municipal building and starting a fire in a block of flats, but causing no casualties, Ukrainian authorities said.

Further northwest, the Ukrainian armed forces' general staff said Russian troops on a reconnaissance mission near the town of Krasnopillya had been beaten back with heavy casualties on Saturday.

Ukrainian authorities also reported overnight shelling of locations further west in Poltava and Dnipropetrovsk, and on Saturday they said three Russian missiles destroyed a fuel storage depot in the town of Novomoskovsk, wounding 11 people, one critically.

Reuters could not independently confirm the battlefield accounts.

ZELENSKIY DEFIANCE

Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelenskiy, whose defiance has inspired Ukrainians and won him global respect, said on Saturday he had visited soldiers on the southern front line in the Mykolaiv region.

"Our brave men and women. Each one of them is working flat out," he said on Telegram. "We will definitely hold out! We will definitely win!"

A video showed Zelenskiy in his trademark khaki t-shirt handing out medals and posing for selfies with the servicemen. He did not say when the trip took place.

One of Russian President Vladimir Putin's stated goals when he ordered his troops into Ukraine was to halt the eastward expansion of the NATO military alliance and keep Moscow's southern neighbour outside of the West's sphere of influence.

But the war, which has killed thousands of people, turned cities into rubble and sent millions fleeing, has had the opposite effect - convincing Finland and Sweden to seek to join NATO and helping to pave the way for Ukraine's EU membership bid.

"Ukrainians are ready to die for the European perspective," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday, while announcing its decision to recommend Ukraine and its neighbour Moldova as candidates for EU membership.

"We want them to live with us the European dream," she said, wearing a yellow blazer over a blue blouse, the Ukrainian colours.

After EU's nod, Ukraine vows to prevail as it battles Russian assaults
 

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Another American proxy war. Maybe another factor in all these mass shootings is the government keeping America and thus the world in a constant state of conflict. America's coup in 2014 and the billions spent using Ukraine to aggressively threaten Russia led to the mess we see today. NATO is the "bad guy" in the modern world.
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Levan Jackson Jun 19, 2022 5:16AM ET
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Russia is that way 👉 (right)
Matt Brackley
Matt Brackley Jun 18, 2022 11:12PM ET
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Zelenskiy selling his young Ukrainians souls for USD.
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Universum Jun 18, 2022 3:38PM ET
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Wow! So many kremlin bots!
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sach in Jun 18, 2022 2:03PM ET
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he's the first comedian made people cried
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Abc Xyz Jun 18, 2022 1:56PM ET
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Funking small time komedian stole billions $$ from us. Thanks to funking weak russian can't wipe them out at once
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 18, 2022 1:56PM ET
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Piss off russian bot
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jun 18, 2022 1:56PM ET
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Russia will be sent home with tens of thousands Russians killed only for Putin's vanity.
Matt Brackley
Matt Brackley Jun 18, 2022 1:56PM ET
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Brad Albright we all know that is not how this will end.
rob Tucker
rob Tucker Jun 18, 2022 12:43PM ET
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Ukraine living the dream on American tax dollars
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 18, 2022 12:43PM ET
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Piss off russian bot
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Despicable, to make light of the suffering inflicted by Russa's violence upon Ukraine. Maybe, someday you or your family will be attacked and you will understand.
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lup sup Jun 18, 2022 12:24PM ET
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This bozo will ultimately destroyed Ukraine and bring hardship to its people for years to come.
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Go away you dope u don't belong in this country loser. You're a disgraceful traitor
Brad Albright
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Maybe one day your family will suffer a violent attack and you will have a change of heart.
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No way. My country have a lot of nukes for you.
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Gedixsasah Sambal Jun 18, 2022 11:23AM ET
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I'm interested
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I'm interested
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And we will welcome them in EU
 
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