EU grant Ukraine candidate status, US sending Advance rocket system to Ukraine.

European Union leaders on Thursday granted Ukraine the coveted status of an official candidate to join their 27-nation club, a bold geopolitical step hailed by Kyiv and the EU itself as a “historic moment”. Although it could take Ukraine more than a decade to eventually join the bloc, the decision to officially accept it as a candidate is a symbol of the EU’s intention to reach deep into the former Soviet Union.

Meanwhile, the United States will send another $450 million in military aid to Ukraine, including some additional medium-range rocket systems, to help push back Russian progress in the war, officials announced. The latest package includes four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, which will double the number they have now. All four were prepositioned in Europe, and training on those systems has already begun with the Ukrainian troops who will use them, said Marine Corps Lt. Col. Anton Semelroth, a Pentagon spokesman.

According to the British and Ukrainian military officials, the Russian military expanded its grab of territory in eastern Ukraine on Thursday. It has captured two villages and is vying for control of a key highway in an offensive that could cut supply lines and encircle some frontline Ukrainian forces

Russia has launched fresh rocket attacks on the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv in recent days, signalling a possible shift in tactics by Moscow. Ukraine said at least 20 people were killed on Tuesday and Wednesday in the country’s second-largest city, which lies near the Russian border. Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said in a video address that the aim of the strikes is to “terrorise the population” of the city.

He also claimed the attacks are an attempt by Russia to divert Ukrainian troops from the key Donbas region where massive air and artillery strikes are in progress.

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