EU to consider Ukraine membership in weeks; Russia warns of ‘direct military confrontation’ with US: Live updates

Written by on April 10, 2022

Ukraine may develop into a part of the European Union in a matter of weeks, the president of the European Fee mentioned Sunday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed Ukraine’s application to join the EU in February, and Olga Stefanishyna, deputy prime minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine, said in April she expects Ukraine to totally be part of the E.U. by June.

The method can take years, however European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen mentioned Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Ukraine’s membership may take solely weeks to contemplate.

“Yesterday, someone advised me: “, when our troopers are dying, I need them to know that their kids will likely be free be and be a part of the European Union,” von der Leyen mentioned. “They’re in a unprecedented state of affairs, the place we have now to take uncommon steps.”

Ukrainians “belong to our European household, with none query,” she mentioned.

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Newest developments:

► Ukraine’s border guard company says about 2,200 Ukrainian males of combating age have been detained thus far whereas making an attempt to depart the nation in violation of martial legislation. The company mentioned Sunday that a few of them have used solid paperwork and others tried to bribe border guards.

► Ukraine is investigating the involvement of about 500 Russian leaders, together with President Vladimir Putin, in 5,600 potential warfare crimes, Irina Venediktova, Ukraine’s chief prosecutor, mentioned Sunday.

► Authorities within the area that features Ukraine’s fourth-largest metropolis, Dnipro, say the airport was hit twice by missile assaults on Sunday. 

Russia warns of ‘direct navy confrontation’ with US

Ukrainian forces are pushing again Russian troops so efficiently that the invaders have been pressured to regroup, refit and refocus, White Home nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan mentioned Sunday.

“Russia has modified its conduct on this warfare,” Sullivan mentioned on CBS News’ Face The Nation. “They’ve retreated. They’ve pulled again from substantial territory in northern and northeastern Ukraine. Mainly the explanation they made these changes is as a result of they have been overwhelmed by the Ukrainians.”

Sullivan credited the Ukraine navy — and the circulation of kit the U.S. and its allies have been sending the besieged nation. Final week, he mentioned Slovakia was capable of ship an S-300 air protection system as a result of the U.S. was prepared to offer a Patriot battery to exchange the system Slovakia was gifting away.

Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov  earlier advised Newsweek the West is provoking Russia

“We warn that such actions are harmful,” the envoy mentioned. “They will lead the U.S. and the Russian Federation onto the trail of direct navy confrontation.”

Russia appoints new warfare commander

Moscow has appointed a brand new warfare chief after a largely unsuccessful six weeks of battle in Ukraine, a senior U.S. official mentioned Sunday.

In response to the official, who just isn’t approved to be recognized and spoke on situation of anonymity, mentioned Common Alexander Dvornikov has a historical past of brutality towards Syrians and different civilians. Dvornikov, 60, one among Russia’s most skilled navy officers, would be the first central warfare commander on the bottom in Ukraine. 

However U.S. officers aren’t frightened concerning the new appointment.Jake Sullivan, the White Home nationwide safety adviser, mentioned: “No appointment of any normal can erase the truth that Russia has already confronted a strategic failure in Ukraine.”

Ukrainians wrap up coaching in US

Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin on Sunday thanked a small variety of Ukrainian troops who have been departing the USA after coaching to function patrol boats and kamikaze drones, the latter among the many newest navy expertise despatched to battle Russian invaders, the Pentagon introduced. The Ukrainian contingent, whose dimension the Pentagon has not disclosed, took half in a long-standing coaching mission that started Feb. 24, the day Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces invaded Ukraine.

The mission was prolonged to incorporate coaching on Switchblade drones, which keep aloft lengthy sufficient for operators to find enemy positions or armored autos after which crash into them and explode. 

Austin thanked the Ukrainian troops by video convention on their remaining day on the U.S. Navy’s base at Little Creek, Va., Pentagon press secretary John Kirby mentioned in an announcement.

Austrian chancellor to satisfy with Putin; some Ukrainians not happy

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday for talks, two days after assembly with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv. Nehammer advised the Austrian Press Company he  hopes to promote dialogue between the countries and can handle Putin’s “warfare crimes” in Ukraine.

Nehammer’s  plans drew instant fallout in Ukraine. The deputy mayor of Mariupol, Sergei Orlow, advised the German outlet Bild that the meeting was not appropriate.

“The warfare crimes that Russia is at the moment committing on Ukrainian soil are nonetheless going down,” he advised Bild. “I do not perceive find out how to have a dialog with Putin right now, find out how to do enterprise with him.”

Russia scrambling to bolster troop power

In response to mounting losses, the Russian armed forces try to bolster troop numbers by bringing again veterans discharged from the navy over the past 10 years, in response to an evaluation from the British Protection Ministry. Efforts to generate extra combating energy additionally embody making an attempt to recruit from the Moldovan separatist Transnistria area, the ministry mentioned.

The evaluation was launched someday after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv, promising a brand new package deal of economic and navy assist for Ukraine’s “battle towards Russia’s barbaric marketing campaign.”

“The Ukrainians have the braveness of a lion,” Johnson tweeted. “President @ZelenskyyUa has given the roar of that lion. The UK stands unwaveringly with the individuals of Ukraine.”

NATO chief requires ‘reset’ and extra protection spending

Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary normal for the North Atlantic Treaty Group, is seeking to “reset” the alliance and have member states enhance their protection spending, he advised the Day by day Telegraph in the UK.

“What we see now could be a brand new actuality, a brand new regular for European safety,” Stoltenberg mentioned. “Subsequently, we have now now requested our navy commanders to offer choices for what we name a reset, a extra longer-term adaptation of NATO.”

Stoltenberg mentioned not all NATO members are spending 2% of their gross home product on nationwide protection and want to see them meet that threshold. He pointed to a plan by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to extend protection spending by 100 billion euros over the following two years to get to 2% of GDP.

“With the scale of the German economic system, this actually makes an enormous distinction additionally for NATO’S complete protection spending,” he mentioned.

Ukraine international minister says nation ought to have been in NATO way back

Ukraine wouldn’t be struggling to defend itself towards Russia’s onslaught if Ukraine had been allowed to affix NATO greater than a decade in the past, Overseas Minister Dmytro Kuleba mentioned Sunday on Meet the Press. He mentioned a “strategic mistake” was made by Germany and France in 2008 after they rejected efforts by the U.S. and different allies to deliver Ukraine into the protection alliance.

“If we have been a member of NATO, this warfare would not happen,” Kuleba mentioned. “The strategic mistake is one thing that we’re paying for. It is not Germany or France which are paying the prices for this error. It is Ukraine.”

He credited the U.S. with doing “greater than another nation on this planet to offer us with obligatory weapons” however mentioned weapons want to return sooner. All of the events spend an excessive amount of time discussing whether or not Ukraine needs to be given offensive versus defensive weapons, he mentioned.

Petraeus predicts ‘extra of what we have now seen’ as warfare evolves

Retired four-star normal and former CIA director David Petraeus mentioned Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union that onlookers ought to count on “extra of what we have now seen” now that Russian President Vladimir Putin has turned over navy operations in Ukraine to Gen. Aleksandr Dvornikov.

Dvornikov led navy forces in Syria, the place the Russian navy was identified for “depopulating” areas, Petraeus mentioned. He mentioned the missile strike on a prepare station in Kramatorsk that killed dozens was the primary main operation below Dvornikov’s management. Petraeus mentioned the warfare is now centered within the Donbas area within the east and elements of the south. He mentioned if the Russian navy can take over land exterior of the separatist states within the Donbas area and seize some land north of Crimea, Putin can spin the success as a win.  

Oleg, 56, mourns for his mother, Inna, 86, killed during the war against Russia in Bucha, located in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine.

Kyiv mayor pleads for extra weapons for Ukraine navy

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko and his brother Wladimir Klitschiko appeared Sunday on ABC This Week and mentioned the nation wanted weapons to proceed combating the Russians, even because the warfare with the nuclear energy is altering.

“Weapons assist may be very, essential for us on this important time –  and we see who’re the true mates of Ukraine,” Vitali mentioned.

“We can’t defend our nation with our fists,” Wladimir Klitschiko mentioned.  

He mentioned Russia pulling out of Kyiv didn’t finish the warfare, however modified the place it’s being fought. He mentioned combating continues within the south and the east. “We expect Russian navy forces being again and concentrating on the capital of Ukraine.”

Wladimir Klitschiko additionally mentioned the second factor the nation wants is for the western world to proceed to isolate Russia economically.  “Each cent and each commerce that you just do with Russia … they’re utilizing for weapons to kill us,” he mentioned.

Russia’s management change means continued ‘brutality,’ Psaki says

White Home press secretary Jen Psaki advised Fox Information Sunday {that a} transfer on the prime of the Russian navy operation in Ukraine is an indication of extra “brutality” to return.

“The studies have been seeing of a change in navy management and placing a normal in cost who was answerable for the brutality and the atrocities we noticed in Syria reveals that there is going to be a continuation of what we have already seen on the bottom in Ukraine, and that is what we expect,” Psaki mentioned.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has named Military Gen. Alexander Dvornikov, commander of Russia’s Southern Army District, to supervise the warfare, media shops have reported. He has been described because the “Butcher of Syria,” having led brutal campaigns in that nation. The Kremlin’s acknowledgement final week of casualties within the warfare was sudden, Psaki added.

“Hardly ever do they acknowledge from the Russian management, any parts of weak point or any parts of defeat,” she mentioned.

Ukraine says 19,000 Russian troops have been killed

The Protection Ministry of Ukraine mentioned Russia has misplaced over 19,000 troops and 1000’s of items of navy tools in 46 days of warfare. The ministry posted its tally to Twitter early Sunday.

Ukraine listed Russia’s human toll at about 19,300 personnel. The ministry calculated Moscow’s navy tools loss at 1,384 autos, 722 tanks, 1,911 armored autos and 7 watercraft. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov advised British media on Thursday that Russia had skilled “vital losses of troops.” On Friday, he pointed to the official protection ministry tally of 1,351 troopers lifeless.

In late March, NATO estimated that Russia could have misplaced as many as 15,000 troops, and as much as 40,000 killed, wounded or taken prisoner.

Refugee depend rises to 4.5M

The quantity of people that have streamed out of Ukraine since warfare broke out on Feb. 24 has risen to over 4.5 million, the U.N. reported Sunday.

The U.N. refugee company reported on its data site the upper quantity, which originates from plenty of sources, however primarily border crossing factors.

Almost 2.6 million of these refugees have arrived in Poland, adopted by over 686,000 in Romania. As many as 404,000 have arrived in Russia since warfare broke out, in response to the figures. The company notes many refugees could have moved on to different nations, past the neighboring nation into which they initially crossed.

Contributing: The Related Press


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