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Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the nation from his office in Kyiv, Ukraine on June 22. (President of Ukraine)

In his late-night address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky referred to conversations he had with 11 European leaders on Wednesday, asking for their support ahead of an EU summit where a decision will be made on Ukraine’s candidate status. Ukraine with the bloc.

The question of Ukraine’s candidacy for the European Union will be decided at the European Council summit to be held on Thursday and Friday.

“Tomorrow I will continue this marathon – we must give maximum support to our state,” Zelensky said.

At a separate event earlier Wednesday, Zelensky told an audience in Canada that he believed all members of the European Union would support a proposal to grant Ukraine EU candidate status.

Russian missile strikes: The president also provided an update on the Russian missile strike in Mykolaiv, southern Ukraine, earlier on Wednesday. CNN earlier reported that Mykolaiv was hit by seven missiles and suffered infrastructure damage. “Fortunately, no one was killed and five were injured,” Zelensky said.

According to Zelensky, casualties were reported following a strike in Kharkiv on Wednesday. Oleh Syniehubov, head of the Kharkiv regional military administration, confirmed this in his Telegram post on Wednesday. He reported 10 dead and 10 injured as a result of the strike.

“In the Donbass, massive air and artillery strikes. The goal of the occupiers in this direction remains the same: they want to destroy the whole Donbass step by step. Everything. Lysychansk, Sloviansk, Kramatorsk – they have to do whatever what a city like Mariupol. Completely broken,” Zelensky said.

War crimes: Zelensky also thanked the United States “for its assistance in investigating war crimes in Ukraine”, and called it “one of the greatest contributions to the protection of international law and order today. ‘today’.

The United States Attorney General announced a war crimes team on a trip to Ukraine on Tuesday that will work to identify and prosecute anyone who has committed war crimes in the country.

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