Chancellor Olaf Scholz (64, 2nd from right, SPD) with Mario Draghi (74, 3rd from right), Prime Minister of Italy, Klaus Iohannis (63, 3rd from left), President of Romania, and Emmanuel Macron (44, 2nd from left). ), President of France, in Irpin.

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Ukraine war in the live ticker: Most of the Germans for the admission of the war-torn country to the EU

Ukraine – It is now the 114th day since Russia his war of aggression against them Ukraine has begun. Now the country, shattered by the invasion, desperately wants the prospect of EU membership. You can find all current developments here in the TAG24 live ticker.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (64, 2nd from right, SPD) with Mario Draghi (74, 3rd from right), Prime Minister of Italy, Klaus Iohannis (63, 3rd from left), President of Romania, and Emmanuel Macron (44, 2nd from left). ), President of France, in Irpin. © dpa/Kay Nietfeld

One day after Chancellor Olaf Scholz (64, SPD) and his colleagues from Italy, France and Romania traveled to Kyiv on Friday, Ukraine can hope for further support for its ambitions to join the EU.

Around noon, the EU Commission in Brussels wants to make its recommendation on how to deal with the Ukrainian application for EU membership. There will also be recommendations and analyzes of Moldova’s and Georgia’s applications for membership.

According to information from the night, the authority, headed by Ursula von der Leyen (63), is likely to advocate giving Ukraine and Moldova the status of EU accession candidates.

After Scholz's arrival: air raid alarm in Kyiv
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After Scholz’s arrival: air raid alarm in Kyiv

Based on the recommendation of the EU Commission, the EU states must decide how to proceed. The views of the governments on the subject have so far diverged widely. According to diplomats, countries such as Portugal and the Netherlands consider the granting of candidate status to the three states in Eastern Europe to be premature and purely symbolic.

You can see the most important events of yesterday in the TAG24 ticker from Thursday read. All current developments in the course of the war from today, Friday, June 17, are available here in the live ticker.

11:57 a.m .: EU Commission recommends candidate status for Ukraine

The EU Commission is in favor of officially nominating Ukraine and Moldova as candidates for accession to the European Union.

The German press agency learned this on Friday from commission circles.

10:51 a.m .: Russia cuts gas deliveries to Italy by 50 percent

The Russian energy company Gazprom is restricting the supply of natural gas to Italy.

According to the state gas supplier Eni, Gazprom promised 50 percent of the ordered delivery volume on Friday. Italy actually ordered 63 million cubic meters of gas from Russia that day. Gas deliveries had already been reduced in the previous few days: on Wednesday by 15 percent and on Thursday by 35 percent of the quantities ordered.

10.18 a.m .: Austria’s Foreign Minister warns of “Tunnel Vision”

Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg (52) warned against a one-sided focus on Ukraine in the conflict with Russia.

“You have to send a message to Ukraine: You are part of Europe, you have to be anchored in the European family. But please don’t allow us to have geostrategic tunnel vision,” said the politician from the Austrian People’s Party on Deutschlandfunk. This Friday, the EU Commission intends to make a recommendation as to whether Ukraine will be granted candidate status after the Russian attack. The EU heads of state and government will discuss this next week.

Schallenberg called on the other EU countries to send clear signals to countries such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Albania at the summit. “In geostrategic terms, at this summit that is coming, we shouldn’t splurge, but rather splurge, take responsibility and acknowledge that Russia unfortunately has God’s potential for destabilization – not only in eastern Europe but also in the south-east.”

9.47 a.m .: More than half of the Germans for Ukraine’s admission to the EU

According to a new survey, more than half of the German citizens who are eligible to vote are in favor of Ukraine joining the European Union within the next few years.

In the ZDF “Politbarometer” 60 percent of those questioned spoke out in favor of it. Almost a third (31 percent) refused to bring the country attacked by Russia into the EU in the next few years.

Many Germans want war-torn Ukraine to join the EU soon.

Many Germans want war-torn Ukraine to join the EU soon. © dpa/SOS Children’s Villages worldwide

8:53 a.m.: Chemical plant in Sieverodonetsk practically destroyed, fighting continues

According to Ukrainian sources, the Azot chemical plant in the heavily contested administrative center of Sievjerodonetsk was almost completely destroyed by Russian artillery and rocket fire.

Most recently, a building and the gatehouse were destroyed by the shelling. “There are no surviving administrative buildings on the territory of the chemical giant,” wrote the military governor of the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk, Serhiy Hajday, on his Telegram channel. But the fighting for the city would continue.

8.36 a.m .: Chancellor Scholz arrived back in Poland

Chancellor Olaf Scholz has ended his stay in Ukraine, which has been attacked by Russia. The SPD politician arrived on Friday morning by train in Przemysl, Poland.

He left Poland on Wednesday evening to visit the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. He was accompanied by French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. The four EU heads of state and government pledged their solidarity with Ukraine and advocated granting the country EU candidate status.

Macron (left) and Scholz said goodbye to each other at the train station in the Polish border town of Przemysl.

Macron (left) and Scholz said goodbye to each other at the train station in the Polish border town of Przemysl. © dpa/Kay Nietfeld

5.42 a.m .: Putin accuses the West of making mistakes

Despite unprecedented Western sanctions against Russia, Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin (69) sees the raw materials superpower on the road to success.

The 1920s were to be a time of “consolidation of economic sovereignty for Russia,” Putin wrote in a welcoming address to participants at the 25th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

He also claimed: “Years of economic policy mistakes by Western countries and unlawful sanctions have led to a wave of global inflation, the disruption of established supply and production chains, and a sharp rise in poverty and food deficits.”

3.30 a.m .: Selenskyj sees a “historic day” for Ukraine

After the meeting, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (44) spoke in his evening video address of a “historic day” for his country.

Never since its independence has Ukraine come so close to the European Union. Thanks to the courage of Ukrainian men and women, Europe can write a new history of freedom “and finally eliminate the gray area between the EU and Russia in Eastern Europe”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (44) is aiming for his country to join the EU.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (44) is aiming for his country to join the EU. © dpa/Kay Nietfeld

midnight: EU candidate Ukraine?

Corruption at the highest level, deficiencies in the rule of law and serious economic problems: at the beginning of this year it seemed unthinkable that Ukraine could become a candidate for EU membership in the foreseeable future.

Almost four months after the beginning of the Russian war of aggression against the Eastern European country, the world is now completely different. In all likelihood, the EU Commission will make a recommendation this Friday that should bring joy and relief to Ukraine.

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