Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy has stressed that Ukraine deserves to be an EU member. He has called on the EU for Ukraine’s “immediate accession” to the bloc.
“We call on the European Union for the immediate accession of Ukraine under a new special procedure,” Zelenskyy said during his address to the nation.
He also urged Russian soldiers attacking his country to drop weapons and save their lives.
“Drop your weapons and go. Don’t believe (what) your commanders, your propagandists (say). Just save your lives,” Zelenskyy said.
The president also announced that Ukraine will release prisoners with war experience to fight the war with Russia. This could also enable them to make up for their crimes.
Russia’s military operation in Ukraine continues since February 24, following Russia’s recognition of Donetsk and Luhansk- two separatist-held regions in eastern Ukraine.
The intervention led to a strong international reaction with the EU, UK, and the US implementing a range of economic sanctions against Russia.