On the night of February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a war against Ukraine, calling it a “special military operation in the Donbass” in order to protect people who “are being subjected to genocide.” Putin’s genocide claims have previously been refuted by the EU and the UN. The West accused him of lying. Ukraine severed diplomatic relations with Russia. The Council of Europe suspended Russia’s membership in the organization. Putin and Lavrov are included in the sanctions lists of the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom. The President of the Russian Federation ordered the transfer of the country’s nuclear forces to a special mode of combat duty, which caused condemnation by the United States and NATO. The EU will provide Ukraine with lethal weapons. DW is following developments on Tuesday, March 1 (Moscow time).
Chapters eight EU states spoke in favor of immediately granting Ukraine the prospect of membership in the European Union. They called for giving Ukraine the status of an official candidate for EU membership and opening the negotiation process on this topic. This is stated in an open letter published on Monday evening by the official representative of the Czech President Milos Zeman. “At this critical moment, we underline our full solidarity with Ukraine and its people,” the document says. The letter was signed by the presidents of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
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