Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Monday confirmed he had signed an official request for Ukraine to join the European Union after talks with Russia ended with no deal, but an agreement to keep the dialogue going.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy posted photos of himself signing the application to the EU, in a move tying the country closer to the West, a move that goes against the desires of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ukraine would need a unanimous vote of approval to join the EU, and while this may be difficult or take years, EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said, “We want them in the European Union” in an interview on Sunday, according to AP.
Russian and Ukrainian officials met on the fifth day of the war amid nuclear threats and sanctions from around the world aimed at weakening the Russian economy in an attempt to stop the invasion.
A Ukrainian official reportedly said that the talks focused on a possible cease-fire, with more conversations to come, according to AP. Meanwhile, a Putin aide said that discussions lasted around five hours and that officials “found certain points on which common positions could be foreseen.”
A human rights chief for the United Nations reported that 102 civilians have been killed and hundreds wounded in around four days of the war, according to AP. Meanwhile, more than 500,000 people have fled the country since the start of the invasion.
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