Kiev. At least three more civilians have been killed and several others injured in Russian shelling in the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine. The attack came as Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez began a trip to Kiev, showing his country’s and the European Union’s support for Ukraine’s fight against Russia. In an address to the Ukrainian parliament, Sanchez said, “As long as this war lasts, we will be with you.” Several times during his address, the Members of Parliament stood up and expressed their respect to him.
“I have come here to express the determination of the European Union and Europe against Russia’s illegal and unjustified invasion of Ukraine,” he said. He delivered this address on the day Spain took over the presidency of the 27-member European Union. The presidency of the European Union is given to countries on a rotating basis every six months. Later in a press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Sanchez announced that Spain would provide Ukraine with more weapons, including four ‘Leopard tanks’ and armored vehicles.
He also said that Spain would provide an additional 55 million euros to help with reconstruction needs. At the same time, Donetsk governor Pavlo Kirilenko said that at least three civilians were killed and 17 others were injured in Russian shelling in Ukraine on Friday and Saturday night. Kherson Governor Oleksandr Prokudin said five people, including a child, were wounded in attacks on Friday and Saturday night in southern Kherson.
Regarding possible peace talks, Sanchez said, “Only Ukraine can decide the terms and timing for peace talks.” Other countries and regions are proposing peace plans. Their participation is commendable but we cannot accept them completely. At a press conference, Zelensky expressed frustration over the lack of clarity on training for Ukrainian fighter pilots from Western countries. “I think some allies are delaying the process, I don’t know why they are doing this,” he said.
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