Translated by: MOS Education Team-Jack H

Ukrainian media reported on the 5th that Ukrainian President Zelensky once again called on the EU to grant Ukraine candidate status through simplified procedures.

As reported by UKRINFORM, Zelensky attended an international donors conference in support of Ukraine in Warsaw on the 5th by visual video. He said that “Ukraine’s membership in the European Union must be an absolute reality. Not just promises”, “So that the aggressor knows that it will not break the power of Europe and all free nations. And so that everything destroyed by the war is rebuilt at a high level.” Zelensky said that this requires the support of the international community.

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen committed the EU would continue to provide support to Ukraine and promised to offer Ukraine an additional 200 million euros in aid on this day.

Recently, the situation in eastern and southern Ukraine has persisted in a stalemate. Zelensky held a telephone conversation with UN Secretary-General Guterres on the 4th to discuss the evacuation of personnel at the Mariupol Azov Steel Plant.

According to the official website of the Ukrainian Presidential Palace, Zelensky said in the call that the first phase of the evacuation of the Azov Steel Plant was completed, and the Ukrainian side hopes to continue the evacuation operation.

In a video speech released in the early morning of the 5th, Zelensky said 344 people were evacuated from the city and suburb of Mariupol, and they have received necessary assistance already.

As per the news from the Russian Ministry of Defense on the 4th, the Russian forces will open humanitarian channels from 8:00 to 18:00 Moscow time on the 5th, 6th, and 7th for the evacuation of civilians from the Azov Steel Plant. During this period, the Russian and Donetsk forces will unilaterally suspend all offensive operations and ensure the evacuation.

On the same day, the Ukrainian news agency quoted Ukrainian National Security and Defense Committee Secretary Danilov saying that Ukraine still lacks enough heavy weapons and armored vehicles. So, it is unlikely to dismantle Russia’s blockade of Mariupol through military operation. Meanwhile, he also said the Ukrainian-Russian conflict would not end in the short term, and its duration depends on many factors.

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