Russia-Ukraine war: EU leaders to decide on Kyiv bid; Russia aims to turn Donbas cities into a Mariupol, Zelenskiy says – live news

Volodymyr Zelenskiy describes pending decision at Brussels summit a ‘crucial moment’ and motivator for Ukraine; calls for parity on the Donbas battlefield in plea for heavy weapons

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EU leaders will decide today whether to grant Ukraine candidate status, following a positive recommendation from the European Commission last Friday.

EU leaders in Brussels are expected to sign off on last week’s recommendation by the European Commission, the EU executive.

That is a very crucial moment for us, for some people in my team are saying this is like going into the light from the darkness.

In terms of our army and society, this is a big motivator, a big motivational factor for the unity and victory of the Ukrainian people.”

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