Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky is freeing prisoners with military experience to join the battle against invading forces and demanding immediate accession to the European Union, amid signs that international sanctions against Russia were causing economic turmoil.
“Under martial law, Ukrainians with real combat experience will be released from custody and will be able to compensate for their guilt in the hottest spots of the conflict. We have taken a decision which is not easy from the moral point of view, but which is useful from the point of view of our defences. The key is now defence,” Zelensky said.
As fierce f!ghting continued across Ukraine — whose forces continue to hold Kyiv and Kharkiv — a Ukrainian delegation crossed into Belarus Monday morning for talks with Russia, although Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky has cautioned that a breakthrough is not expected, the Globe and Mail reports.