The Ukrainian (above) and European Union flags will fly at the pole of Kieu on Thursday prior to the EU summit in Brussels, taking into account the status of Ukrainian candidates participating in the block of 27 countries.

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The Ukrainian (above) and European Union flags will fly at the pole of Kieu on Thursday prior to the EU summit in Brussels, taking into account the status of Ukrainian candidates participating in the block of 27 countries.

Nariman Elmofty / AP

As Thursday approaches the end in Kyiv and Moscow, the key developments of the day are:

European Union leader Approved Ukrainian Candidate Participate in blocks from 27 countries.. Ukraine filed on February 24, shortly after Russia invaded the country. “Our future is the same,” tweeted President Charles Michel of the European Council. This first official step towards accession, agreed at the Summit in Brussels, is followed by a long process leading up to the final decision on whether Ukraine can join the EU. The process is expected to take years. EU leaders have also approved candidates for membership in Moldova.

Pentagon announces addition $ 450 million In Ukraine’s security support Includes four additional high mobile artillery rocket systems. Ukraine believes that a long-range weapons system is important in defeating the Russian army. This latest wave of security assistance comes in addition to the $ 1 billion weapon recently announced by the White House.

Russian troops continue to grind in the defense of eastern Ukraine, Push towards the eastern city of Lysychansik, according to British Ministry of Defense. Ukrainian local authorities carry out daily evacuation and humanitarian aid missions in embarrassed cities. Attacks are also on the rise in the north, with local military officials reporting about 100 cases of Russian bombardment in the Smy and Kharkiv regions and cross-border bombardment in the Chernihiv region. Russia first attacked all these places at the beginning of the invasion before withdrawing in late March.

Ukraine has started a preliminary hearing First trial Russian soldiers accused of rape during the invasionHowever, no suspect is in custody. Michael Romanov is absent from prison for repeatedly raping a Ukrainian woman after he and another Russian soldier killed her husband in a village on the outskirts of Kieu in March. Reuters reports that it has been investigating 50 other cases of sexual violence while prosecutors have been reported since the war began in February. Experts say there are signs that the Russian army has used rape as a weapon of war.

Nike officially leaves Russia, McDonald’s, Starbucks, IKEA and other marquee businesses. Nike announced in March that it would suspend its business in Russia. Currently, the Russian website says so, and in Russia you will not be able to access the mobile app and the Nike store will not be reopened. Nike previously stated that Russia and Ukraine together account for less than 1% of revenue, but even symbolically, withdrawal from Russia indicates a withdrawal from one of the largest global brands. ..

In an updated assessment, UNESCO has increased the number of Ukrainian heritage Damaged 152 in the war. Almost half of the total is religious buildings. The rest include historic buildings, monuments, cultural centers, museums and libraries. Most of the affected areas are in the Donetsk, Kharkiv and Kyiv areas. Ukraine has seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but no one has ever been damaged, says UNESCO. The destruction of heritage is considered a war crime.

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