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Ukraine calls for “immediate” integration into the EU

Asked by euro newsthis Sunday, February 27, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen assured: “We are in the process of integrating Ukraine into the single market. “There are a lot of things that we work very closely together on and a sense of belonging develops over time. They are ours, and we want them with us. »

Following these statements, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged, on Monday, in a video address, the European Union to integrate ” without delay his country which has been fighting for five days. “We are addressing the EU regarding the immediate integration of Ukraine via a new special procedure. » “I’m sure it’s possible” he specified.

Zelensky calls on Russian forces to ‘lay down their arms’

In this same video, the president also called on the Russian soldiers who invaded Ukraine to ” Throw down the weapons “. “Lay down your arms, get out of here, don’t believe your commanders, don’t believe your propagandists. Simply save your lives” he said in Russian.

The Kremlin will not reveal its position before the negotiations with Ukraine

The Kremlin does not intend to reveal its position before negotiations which are due to begin shortly with Ukraine, the Kremlin spokesman said on Monday. “I’m not going to announce the positions we have, etc. Negotiations must be done in silence”said, during his daily press briefing, Dmitry Peskov. “Let the negotiators settle down”he added.

“Every hour more in this conflict, Ukrainian citizens and soldiers are dying. We have come together with the aim of reaching an agreement, but it must be in the interest of both parties. Russian negotiator and Kremlin adviser Vladimir Medinsky said on television.

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More than 100 civilians killed including 7 children according to the UN

The UN said on Monday that it had recorded 102 Ukrainian civilians killed, including 7 children, and 304 wounded, since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “Most of these civilians were killed by wide-area explosive weapons, including heavy artillery fire, multiple rocket launchers and airstrikes. The actual numbers are, I fear, considerably higher”announced the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, at the opening of the Human Rights Council.

More than 500,000 refugees from Ukraine registered by UNHCR

More than half a million people have come from Ukraine to take refuge in several neighboring countries since the outbreak of a major Russian military offensive on Thursday, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, tweeted on Monday.

This Sunday, the mayor of Lille, Martine Aubry, appealed to Lille residents to volunteer to welcome Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war.

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Fake Russian accounts target Ukraine on social media

Pro-Russian groups are orchestrating various disinformation campaigns on social media using fake profiles or hacked accounts to portray Ukraine as a mere pawn in Western hands, US group Meta, Facebook’s parent company, said on Sunday. Instagram or WhatsApp.

According to AFP, the cybersecurity team closed a series of fake accounts linked to Russia and blocked the sharing of Internet addresses linking to sites spreading false information, explained David Agranovich, director of the management team. threats at Facebook.

“They operated websites posing as independent news entities and created fake profiles on social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Telegram and also Russian (networks) Odnoklassniki and VK »according to a blog post from Meta.

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