Ukraine’s candidate for EU membership will “bring victory closer”, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, after the European Commission gave its approval on Friday for Ukraine and Moldova to become candidates for accession. “Ukrainians are ready to die for the European perspective,” European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday. Western leaders are continuing their diplomatic efforts to end the conflict, which began on February 24. Scholz’s remarks were made on the day he returned from Kyiv, where he paid a visit. by French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
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A Ukrainian doctor captured by the Russians in Mariupol 3 months ago has been released
UPDATE 7.45 Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Saturday that paramedic Yulia Paievska, captured by the Russians three months ago in Mariupol, has been released.
“I am glad to announce that we have managed to release the Ukrainian doctor and volunteer Yulia Paievska, she is already at home,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a Facebook post.
Yulia Paievska had been captured by Russian forces on March 16 in Mariupol.
Russia has “nothing against” Ukraine’s accession to the EU, Putin said
UPDATE 7.30 Vladimir Putin has announced that Russia has no objections to Ukraine’s accession to the EU, as the latter is not a military alliance, unlike NATO, according to AFP and Reuters.
“We have nothing against it, it is their sovereign decision whether or not to join economic unions (…) It is their job, that of the Ukrainian people,” the Russian president said during the St. Petersburg Economic Forum.
“Unlike NATO, the EU is not a military alliance,” so “in terms of their economic integration, the choice is up to the Ukrainians,” Putin said of Russia’s position.
However, the Russian president has estimated that “Ukraine will become a semi-colony” of Western countries if it joins the EU. “It’s my opinion,” he added.
On the other hand, Putin said that after the end of the “special military operation”, that is, of the war started by Russia through the aggression against Ukraine, the Russian-Ukrainian relations will be normalized. “Sooner or later, the situation will return to normal,” he said.
Olaf Scholz: It is absolutely necessary to talk to Putin
UPDATE 7.00 German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Friday that maintaining dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin was essential, even as Moscow continued the war in neighboring Ukraine, the DPA reported, quoted by Agerpres.
“It is absolutely necessary to talk to Putin, and I will continue to do so, as the French president will,” Scholz said in an exclusive interview with the DPA.
Western leaders are continuing their diplomatic efforts to end the February 24 conflict. Scholz’s remarks were made on the day he returned from Kyiv, where he paid a visit with French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
“When I talk to Putin, I say, for example, the same things I tell you,” Scholz said. He said it was important to understand that Russia could not dictate the terms of a peace with Ukraine.
Scholz said he would tell Putin he was wrong “if you really think you’re going to steal some land and then hope that times will change and everything will be normal.”
Russia says it is trying to conquer parts of eastern Ukraine in what it calls a “special military operation.”
“You have to withdraw your troops and you have to reach an agreement with Ukraine, which is acceptable and fair to the people of Ukraine,” Scholz said, addressing the Kremlin.
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