Zelensky: ‘We need modern weapons and equipment’ – World

“L’Ukraine needs help: modern supplies, food, weapons and equipment “, said the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky speaking on video link at the ISPI Global Policy Forum in Milan. “What we want is the end of the war and that our land does not belong to anyone else. We are protecting our common goals and values ​​with Europe. For us this is a unifying factor and I believe that is why we have received the candidate status. The EU should only consider us an equal partner “. “Please support us,” he said, referring to a question from former Prime Minister Mario Monti about tomorrow’s vote in Parliament. “What we want is the end of the war and that our land does not belong to anyone else. We are protecting our common goals and values ​​with Europe. For us this is a unifying factor and I believe that is why we have received the candidate status. The EU should only consider us an equal partner “. For 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.

“Tough negotiations are underway to unblock Ukrainian ports,” he said later Zelensky to the African Union.

Zelensky: ‘Historic week, we will have a response from the EU on candidacy’


THE NEWS FROM THE FIELD
The Russians want to take Lugansk by Sunday. After weeks of siege, Moscow’s campaign to conquer the Donbass Oblast is nearing a turning point. In the twin cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk “decisive battles are being fought and the Russian leadership is demanding that its troops reach the administrative borders of the region by June 26,” explained Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar. “Now – she added – the Russian army has launched practically all its forces and means to assault the surrounding settlements. They are trying to break through the defenses of our troops and surround them.” The pro-Russians claimed the conquest of Toshkivka, on the western bank of the Siverskiy Donets River. From there they could try to break the defense lines and launch the decisive assault on Lysychansk, where President Volodymyr Zelensky made a secret visit in the past few hours to “see for himself how the situation evolves” and encourage the troops at the front. Severodonetsk, on the other hand, is now de facto in the hands of Moscow, although the armed stalemate remains with the defenders of the Azot chemical factory, barricaded in the bunkers along with more than 500 civilians, including about forty children. The raids continue on the rest of Ukraine, from Kharkiv to Kryvyi Rih, the hometown of Zelensky, in the same southern region of Dnipropetrovsk where a fuel depot bombed for over 40 hours on Saturday, killing at least three. Missile attacks have also targeted Odessa, destroying a food warehouse.

Meanwhile, in Mariupol destroyed, the humanitarian situation remains dramatic, with water and food lacking for thousands of people. For their part, Kiev’s forces continue the counter-offensive to the south and allegedly hit a drilling platform in the Black Sea of ​​the Chernomorneftegaz company, which has its base in Crimea. According to the Russian budget, at least seven people are missing, while another 94 have been evacuated and three are injured.

THE DRAFT OF THE EU SUMMIT
“The EU 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 troops from the entire Ukrainian territory according to internationally recognized borders”. This is what we read in the first draft of the European Council of 23 and 24 June, in the chapter on Ukraine. This is a provisional draft which, tomorrow, will be on the table of the General Affairs Council in Luxembourg, while in the next few hours, the position of the summit regarding the granting of candidate status to Kiev will be included in the text.

The EU, the draft continues, remains strongly committed to providing further military support to help Ukraine in its action of self-defense against Russian aggression and in its action in defense of territorial integrity and sovereignty “. The text, in the paragraph dedicated to Ukraine, in point 8, explicitly refers to the sending of further military aid to Kiev and, in a delayed period in parenthesis he explains that “to this end, the EU calls for an increase in military support within the European Peace Facility fund.

“This is a powerful signal that should be felt beyond our borders, and a sign of our strength and unity, and the support for these three countries, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, should be particularly noted in Moscow,” said the l High Representative for EU Foreign Policy Josep Borrell at the end of the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg talking about the “historic moment” Europe is experiencing, with the Commission’s recommendation to grant the European perspective to the three countries. “The ministers today renewed their commitment to help Kiev militarily: the war continues, will continue and every day there is a heavy burden in terms of human lives, it seems that Putin wants to destroy Ukraine physically, eliminate the very idea of ​​a Ukrainian nation. “. “We must support Ukraine for as long as it is needed, but asking for a truce to export cereals,” he said.

‘USE PROHIBITED WEAPONS’
An analysis by the New York Times Times showed – meanwhile – “Russia’s widespread use of cluster weapons in Ukraine prohibited by some international treaties “.” Relations with the United States – writes Dmitry Medvedev in the meantime – are zero Kelvin. We have no relationship with them now. And there is no need to thaw them today, nor to negotiate with them. Let them run or crawl. And they appreciate it as a special favor. “Dmitry Medvedev, vice president of the Security Council of Russia and ally of President Putin, wrote on social media, speaking of the prospect of further negotiations on nuclear treaties. The Guardian reports.” As a person who it had a direct relationship with START-3 (treaty for the reduction of nuclear weapons between the US and the Russian Federation) and signed it in 2010, I believe that the time for new negotiations is the most inopportune “, he added.

BONOMI MEETS IN KIEV ZELENSKY
Confindustria president Carlo Bonomi is in Kiev where he met the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. This is what emerges from an official post by the president on his Instagram and Telegram profile. The meeting – explains the video – is dedicated to the participation of Italian entrepreneurs in post-war reconstruction in Ukraine. “For us it is important that Italian producers present themselves on our market with a new powerful wave”, writes Zelensky on social networks. Bonomi is accompanied on his visit by the Italian ambassador to Ukraine Pier Francesco Zazo. In the video, posted by Zelensky, we see the moment in which the ambassador Zazo and the president of Confindustria Bonomi meet President Zelensky, in a room probably in the presidential palace, they shake hands and some moments of the meeting, with the participants seated around a large table. On the occasion of the visit to Kiev, Bonomi, together with Zazo, also met the Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Energy Demchenkov Yaroslav. This was announced by Yaroslav himself, who published a photo on his Twitter profile, in which he writes: “I am pleased to have met two true friends of Ukraine, Pier Francesco Zazo, Italian ambassador to Ukraine, and Carlo Bonomi, president of Confindustria “. “We have signed an agreement with the Ukrainian government in which we make our supply chains available for reconstruction – said the president of Confindustria Carlo Bonomi, interviewed by Rai Uno in connection from the Ukrainian capital -, also with” the opening of an office of Confindustria’s permanent delegation at the Italian embassy in Kiev precisely to help Italian companies in this process of rapprochement with Ukraine “.” It is a very important meeting “, he added, recalling the words of Mario Draghi according to which” only with values ​​of freedom and democracy you can have economic and social development “.

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