Zelenskyy says Russia is considering ‘wide area from Warsaw to Sofia’ – EURACTIV.com

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday (June 15th) urged the European Union to let his country embark on the path to joining the bloc, warning that Russia’s territorial ambitions stretch from Warsaw to Sofia.

In a speech to both chambers of the Czech parliament via video link, Zelenskyy also called for more EU sanctions against Russia following its February 24 invasion of Ukraine.

“Russia is not only interested in our (cities of) Mariupol, Sievierodonetsk, Kharkiv and Kyiv. No, its ambitions are directed at a wide area from Warsaw to Sofia,” he said, without citing evidence to support his claim.

“As in the past, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is the first step that the Russian leadership needs to pave the way for other countries, for the conquest of other peoples.”

The EU has adopted six rounds of sanctions against Russia, and Ukraine is seeking to mount a seventh to increase pressure on Russia to end the war.

The European Commission is expected to announce a decision on Ukraine’s application for candidate status this week ahead of an EU summit next week. Having candidate status would be a preliminary step in a long membership process.

“Granting Ukraine candidate status now means proving that European unification is real and that European values ​​really work and are not just stated in some documents,” Zelenskyy said.

He said the Czech people – after the Nazi German occupation in World War II and decades of Soviet rule after the war – knew how compromise ended and what happened to concessions to tyranny.

“The person who wants to grab everything will never stop taking only part of what they want,” Zelenskyy said.

Russia did not immediately comment on his remarks. Moscow calls the war in Ukraine a special military operation against the Ukrainian army and what it describes as dangerous nationalists.

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