Ukraine offers EU new association format
Kyiv is officially inviting the European Union to develop a new format of relations with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin told a briefing at the Foreign Ministry on Friday, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
Klimkin believes that after achieving visa liberalization with the EU, Ukraine becomes deprived of incentives within Eastern Partnership. “Ukraine, as well as Moldova and Georgia, deserves a new format for negotiations, the so-called enhanced association,” he said. The Minister also stressed that the dialogue with the EU regarding the new format was already underway.
“I discussed with the foreign ministers and this has a general support,” Klimkin said. He also expects progress on this issue from the Eastern Partnership summit, which is to be held in Estonia.
The minister did not specify what would the status be of the “enhanced association,” whether it would be about the expansion of the Eastern Partnership, and whether the new format foresees drafting a new agreement between Ukraine and the EU.
It should be recalled that on February 23, the Parliament of the Netherlands (the Second Chamber) upheld a government-proposed bill providing for a ratification of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement. The document must be ratified by the First Chamber (Senate).
Two Ukrainian soldiers killed, six wounded amid 53 enemy attacks in Donbas in last day
Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 53 times in the past 24 hours, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action and six as wounded in action, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
In the Donetsk sector, the militants fired small arms, grenade launchers, and 120mm and 82mm mortars on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the town of Avdiyivka and the village of Luhanske. Grenade launchers of various systems and small arms were also used against ATO forces near the villages of Pisky, Novoluhanske and Novhorodske. The enemy also opened fire from infantry fighting vehicles near the villages of Maiorsk and Verkhniotoretske.
In the Luhansk sector, the Russian occupation forces shelled automatic grenade launchers on the Ukrainian forces in the village of Novozvanivka late in the evening, as well as small arms near the village of Valuiske.
The largest number of militant attacks was recorded in the Mariupol sector. In particular, the occupiers repeatedly attacked the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Shyrokyne, Vodiane, Hnutove, Chermalyk and Pavlopil, using small arms, grenade launchers of various systems and infantry fighting vehicles. The militants also used the same types of weapons, as well as 82mm mortars, against the Ukrainian units near the town of Mar’inka. Moreover, an enemy sniper was active near Mar’inka and the village of Lebedynske.