On Monday, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky formally requested that his country be inducted into the European Union.
In a video address in front of reporters the Ukrainian leader stated “We appeal to the European Union for the immediate accession of Ukraine via a new special procedure. We are grateful to our partners for being with us. But our goal is to be with all Europeans, and most importantly, to be equal.”
In an earlier appeal, videotaped on February 26, Zelensky had first asked for the EU to use its powers to allow Ukraine to join its ranks. “I say this as honestly as possible,” he implored, “the people of Ukraine have already earned and have the right to gain membership in the European Union.
Historic moment for Ukraine.
After striving to join the EU for almost two decades, President @ZelenskyyUa just signed a European Union membership application.
— Sergei Perfiliev 🇺🇦 (@perfiliev) February 28, 2022
“This will be the key evidence of our country’s support. The crucial moment has come to close once and for all the long-term strategic discussions and to decide on Ukraine’s membership in the European Union.
Ukraine asks for immediate induction into European Union
“I am confident that this is fair. I am confident that we deserve it. I am confident that all this is possible.
“I’ve discussed this today with (President of the European Council) Charles Michel and (President of the European Commission) Ursula von der Leyen and (French President) Emmanuel Macron.”
Request to join European Union comes after week-long Russian invasion
Earlier today, Zelensky announced that convicts in Ukrainian prisons would be able to “compensate for” their crimes by joining their Ukrainian military and defending their country. As part of martial law, he stated, those convicts who had “real combat experience will be released from custody and will be able to compensate for their guilt in the hottest spots of the war…. the key now is defense,” he stated.
Later, he addressed reporters, saying that as the fifth day of the Russian invasion unfolded, Ukraine is “Standing firm,” adding “During which time we have experienced as much as other nations may not have experienced in decades.”
He added that as of today, a total of sixteen Ukrainian children alone have been killed as a result of Russian shelling, and 45 have been wounded.