Oorlogssituatie Oekraïne – dag 120
June 23, 2022 - Ukraine is set to be approved as an EU candidate at a Brussels summit, as the battle with Russian troops for the Donbas region is “entering a sort of fearsome climax”, an adviser to President Zelenskiy said.
Candidate status is the first official step towards EU membership and France said this week there was “total consensus” on Ukraine. But it can take many years to join and there's no guarantee of success.
The war of attrition in the Donbas – Ukraine’s industrial heartland – is most critical in the twin cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, which straddle the Siverskyi Donets River in Luhansk province.
Friday will mark four months since Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops across the border in what he calls a “special military operation” partly necessitated by Western encroachment into what Russia views as its sphere of influence.