Ukraine latest news: Zelensky invited to visit EU next year to discuss further support for war effort

‘We will beat Russia’, says Zelensky

The president of the 27 leaders of the European Union, Charles Michel, and the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will hold a summit with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, on February 3 next year, he said Thursday. an EU spokesperson.

The location of the summit has yet to be determined.

“I can confirm that the EU-Ukraine summit will take place on February 3 and there is an open invitation to President Zelensky to visit Brussels,” said Barend Leyts, the president’s spokesman for EU leaders.

He said that the invitation for Zelensky to visit Brussels did not mean that the summit would take place there.

Earlier, Russia said more US weapons aiding the war in Ukraine would worsen the siege, issuing a direct threat to the war-torn country on the sidelines of Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to Washington.

The flow of Western arms supplies to Ukraine has led to “an aggravation of the conflict and, in fact, does not bode well for Ukraine,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned on Wednesday, adding that Russia sees no possibility of peace talks with Kyiv.

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Mitch McConnell says winning the Ukraine war is ‘the most important thing’ in the world

Mitch McConnell, unlike some of his more skeptical Republican colleagues, is throwing his weight behind the Ukrainians defeating Russia.

“This is very important, the most important thing that is happening in the world is to beat the Russians in the Ukraine,” he said. said On Wednesday. “Luckily, they have a leader that everyone can look up to and look up to, and it’s also nice to have something here at the end of the year that we all agree on.”

Matt MathersDecember 22, 2022 1:00 p.m.

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ICYMI: Putin claims ‘Satan II’ hypersonic missile will be ready for deployment soon in speech to military chiefs

President Vladimir Putin He has said that his military will receive whatever they ask for, without financial limits, and that the Sarmat hypersonic missile, dubbed “Satan II,” would be ready for deployment in the near future. at a year-end meeting of Russia’s top defense chiefs.

The president also vowed that Moscow would complete all objectives, without providing many details, of its invasion of Ukraine, hailing Russian soldiers and defense chiefs as “heroes.”

Putin said the NATO military alliance was using all its capabilities against Russia and urged the assembled military leaders to use their experience gained from fighting in Syria and during the 10-month invasion into the new year. The president said that the combat readiness of the country’s nuclear forces must be ensured, while Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu added that the process of supplying the troops with new weapons has been sped up.

chris stevenson has the details.

Matt MathersDecember 22, 2022 12:20

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Will Zelensky’s visit be enough to win over Republican skeptics?

With just weeks until the rising Republican majority, complete with a renewed isolationist wing, seizes control of the House, Zelensky’s visit is his last chance to mount an in-person charm offensive in hopes of keeping enough Republican members. of the Chamber convinced of the need to continue and increase the support of the United States in the coming years.

Matt MathersDecember 22, 2022 11:55

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EU invites Zelenksy to discuss further support for war effort

The president of the 27 leaders of the European Union, Charles Michel, and the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will hold a summit with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, on February 3 next year, he said Thursday. an EU spokesperson.

The location of the summit has yet to be determined.

“I can confirm that the EU-Ukraine summit will take place on February 3 and there is an open invitation to President Zelensky to visit Brussels,” said Barend Leyts, the president’s spokesman for EU leaders.

He said that the invitation for Zelensky to visit Brussels did not mean that the summit would take place there.

The officials said the topic of the summit was likely to be how the EU can continue to support Ukraine against Russia. The leaders of the two key EU institutions, the Commission and the council of EU leaders, will also assess Ukraine’s path towards membership of the bloc.

Zelensky has made regular appearances via video link at EU summits since the start of the Russian invasion in February. He made his first in-person trip since the start of the war to Washington on Wednesday.

Matt MathersDecember 22, 2022 11:19

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US missile deal won’t stop Russia from achieving military targets: Kremlin

Russia said on Thursday that US supplies of Patriot missile systems to Ukraine, announced during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s visit to Washington, would not help resolve the conflict or prevent Russia from achieving its goals.

In a call with journalists, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said of sending Patriot: “This is not conducive to a quick deal, quite the contrary. And this cannot prevent the Russian Federation from achieving its goals during the special military operation”, using Russia. deadline for war.

Peskov said there were no calls for peace or signs of willingness to “listen to Russia’s concerns” during Zelenskiy’s visit on Wednesday, showing the US was waging a proxy war with Russia “to the last Ukrainian”.

Matt MathersDecember 22, 2022 11:15

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The Crucial US Spending Bill That Will Determine Ukraine’s Military Future

Congress is considering government funding of $1.7 trillion, and supporters point to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit this week as another reason to promote the measure in a show of support for the embattled nation.

The measure includes $44.9 billion in emergency assistance to Ukraine and NATO allies, even on top of President Joe Biden’s emergency request, and ensures funds flow for the war effort in the coming months. The move would also boost US defense spending by about 10% to $858 billion, addressing concerns from some lawmakers that more investment is needed in the nation’s military to ensure the security of the United States. Joined.

Both chambers will need to approve the measure before midnight Friday to avoid a partial government shutdown.

jose marcusDecember 22, 2022 11:00

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EU to hold summit with Zelensky in New Year

The 27 European Union heads of state and government and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky will hold a summit in February next year, but the venue has not been determined.

“I can confirm that the EU-Ukraine summit will take place on February 3 and there is an open invitation to President Zelenskiy to visit Brussels,” said Barend Leyts, the president’s spokesman for EU leaders.

The spokesman said that the invitation for President Zelensky to visit Brussels did not mean that the summit would be held there.

The officials said the topic of the summit was likely to be how the EU can continue to support Ukraine against Russia. The leaders would also assess Ukraine’s path to bloc membership.

President Zelensky has made regular appearances via video link at EU summits since the start of the Russian invasion in February. He made his first in-person trip since the start of the war to Washington on Wednesday.

Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the US Congress in his first trip abroad since Russia’s invasion

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Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the United States Congress on his first trip abroad since the invasion of Russia.

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sam rkainaDecember 22, 2022 10:16

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Is the Ukraine war really just a US ‘takeover’ fight against Russia?

the independent‘s Andrew Buncombe explores the issue in his latest Voices column.

As the months passed, the US involvement in the conflict also became deeper and more intertwined.

Initially, the US was content to ask Putin to withdraw his forces. Soon, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin called for Russia to “weaken” as a nation and not be able to launch such an operation again. Earlier this month, the US caved in to Kyiv’s demands and sent in its most capable defense system, the Patriot missile.

If there was any lingering doubt that what’s happening in Ukraine now is an all-out proxy war for the US, it was dispatched with Zelensky’s visit to Washington DC this week, his first visit outside the country since the war began. invasion.

jose marcusDecember 22, 2022 10:00

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Zaporizhzhia safe zone talks are ‘closed’, says Russian nuclear power company

Talks with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, over a safe zone around Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is in Russian hands, would continue, Moscow’s state-owned nuclear power company said. Rosatom.

The firm said the two parties’ positions were “close” to each other.

andy gregoryDecember 22, 2022 09:26

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Zelensky outlines his version of a ‘just peace’ with Russia

ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky was asked by a reporter from his own country about what a “just peace” with Russia it would seem, and the wartime leader offered a philosophical response.

speaking with the president Joe Biden in his first appearance with a world leader outside of Ukraine Ever since the invasion of Russia began, Zelensky has pontificated on the meaning of that phrase and whether coming to such a peaceful end to the war was even possible in its current state.

First, he described his own definition of such a resolution: “[N]or commitment regarding the sovereignty, freedom and territorial integrity of my country”, as well as reparations for the damages inflicted by the Russian forces during their invasion. Presumably, this would mean the end of the Russian occupation of the breakaway regions annexed by Moscow after the conflict began in 2014.

But Zelensky went on to say that for many parents of people killed by Russian forces in the brutal war, a “just peace” would mean seeking revenge for the deaths of their loved ones.

john bowden has the details.

jose marcusDecember 22, 2022 09:00

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