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The European Union’s executive branch on Friday recommended that Ukraine be given candidate status to one day join the 27-nation bloc.

The promise of membership in a union formed to maintain peace on the continent carries deep symbolism for the nation in times of war. But it is the first step in a process that can take decades.

And it has not been able to quell guns and artillery that continue to kill civilians and flatten cities, as well as millions fleeing their homes since Russia launched an attack on its neighbor on February 24.

Russia has stepped up its attacks on cities in the eastern Donbass region of Ukraine, leaving desperate residents struggling to figure out what the coming years will be for them.

“We are old people, we have nowhere to go. Where am I going? ” Vira asked Medientseva, one of the elderly residents battling the aftermath of Thursday’s attack in Lisichensk, located along the river from Siviarodonesk, the main center of the wars that the Russians have almost occupied in recent weeks.

The recommendation will be discussed by the leaders of the 27-nation group during the summit next week in Brussels. Consensus approval of all member countries is required to start alliance negotiations.

The war has increased pressure on EU governments to fast-track Ukraine’s candidate status. But the process is still expected to take years, and EU members remain divided over how quickly and fully to open their hands to new members.

– Associated Press

Latest developments:

A third American who traveled to Ukraine to help in the war against Russia appears to be missing, amid growing indications that two others have been captured, State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

A Russian-owned superyacht seized by the United States arrived at Honolulu Harbor on Thursday, waving the American flag. The USA won a legal battle in Fiji last week for a 32 325 million ship and was immediately airlifted.

The US will send a 1B package to Ukraine

The U.S. announced earlier this week that it would send a 1 billion military aid package to Ukraine – the largest allocation of aid provided by the U.S. since the invasion began.

The U.S. aid package includes $ 350 million from the Pentagon for fast, off-the-shelf delivery and $ 650 million in other long-term purchases. The U.S. military will send 18 howitzers to Ukraine, in addition to 36,000 rounds of ammunition, tactical vehicles, harpoon coastal defense systems and other equipment such as secure radios.

Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Anna Malyar said this week that Ukraine had received only 10% of the military aid requested from Western countries.

Meanwhile, France, Germany, Slovakia, Canada and Poland also pledged to send more military aid to Ukraine this week.

Russian spy tries to enter international court investigating war crimes as intern, Dutch says

A Russian military spy has emerged as a Brazilian citizen in an attempt to obtain an internship at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Dutch intelligence service said on Thursday, investigating allegations of war crimes in Ukraine.

The General Intelligence and Security Service named the Russian intelligence officer as Sergei Vladimirovich Cherkasov and said that in April he used a broadly constructed identity to try to infiltrate the court. He published a letter accompanying Cherkasov’s internship application. Writing under the pseudonym Victor Mલરller Ferreira, he wrote a complex cover story about how he grew up in poverty in Brazil and how his family members suffered from heart problems.

Cherkasov was detained at a Dutch airport and sent to Brazil, where he could face trial.

“If intelligence officers had succeeded in gaining access to the ICC as interns, they would have been able to gather intelligence there and find sources (or recruits) and arrange for access to the ICC’s digital systems,” the General Intelligence and Security Service said in a statement. Said.

It will provide a “significant contribution” to the intelligence that Russia is seeking. The spy may also be able to influence criminal proceedings, the service said.

There was no immediate reaction from Moscow, although the infiltration attempt indicates how seriously Russian President Vladimir Putin is taking allegations of Russian war crimes in Ukraine. The Kremlin has consistently denied the allegations, saying the West is spreading false information against Russia.

– Kim Hjelmgaard

Contributed by: Associated Press

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