July 5, 2022

'This is a victory': smiling Zelensky promises EU membership and defeat of Russia

‘This is a victory’: smiling Zelensky promises EU membership and defeat of Russia

June 23 (Reuters) – President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday declared the European Union’s move to accept Ukraine as an accession candidate as a victory and vowed not to rest until Russia’s defeat and full membership are assured.

European Union leaders have formally approved Ukraine as a candidate to join the 27-nation bloc, a bold geopolitical move that Ukraine and the European Union have hailed as a historic moment. Read more

“This is a victory,” Zelensky said with a smile in a short video posted on his Instagram channel, noting that Ukraine had waited 30 years for this moment.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky attends a meeting with local authorities during a visit to the southern city of Mykolaiv, as Russia’s offensive on Ukraine continues, in Ukraine June 18, 2022. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service / Posted via Reuters

“We can defeat the enemy, rebuild Ukraine, join the European Union,” he said in a low voice, “and then we can rest.”

“Or maybe we won’t rest at all – our children will be humiliated. But without a doubt, we will win.”

Andrei Yermak, Zelensky’s chief of staff, said Kyiv would quickly implement the plan needed to start accession talks.

“Ukraine will be in the EU,” he wrote on Twitter.

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(Reporting by David Leungren and Ronald Popesky) Editing by Mark Porter and Sandra Mahler

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