In Odessa, the head of the European Council held a meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal. However, they had to break off the negotiations and take cover due to the rocket fire * ” alt=”Head of the European Council Michel interrupted the meeting in Odessa due to a missile strike” />
Charles Michel (left) and Denis Shmygal (center)
The head of the European Council, Charles Michel, who made a “surprise visit” to Odessa, was forced to interrupt the meeting with the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal due to a missile attack. This is reported by France 24 with reference to the representative of the EU.
“During the meeting with the Prime Minister [of Ukraine Shmyhal], the participants had to interrupt the meeting to take cover, as the rockets again hit the Odessa area”,— said the official.
During the meeting, the head of the European Council said that Russia would not be able to undermine “freedom”; Ukraine, and promised that the EU would help Kyiv “to build a modern democratic country.” President Volodymyr Zelensky joined the talks via video link and thanked Michel for visiting Ukraine on Victory Day.
Charles Michel tweeted that he had arrived in Odessa, “the city about which [Russian poet Alexander Sergeevich] Pushkin wrote: “Everything there breathes with Europe, blows,” — to celebrate Europe Day and meet Shmygal.
The official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov, said that on the night of May 9, in the area of u200bu200bthe settlement of Artsyz, Odessa Region, in the area of u200bu200bthe military airfield Chervonoglinskoye, six Ukrainian Mi-24 and Mi-8 helicopters were destroyed by high-precision Onyx missiles. coastal missile system “Bastion”.
At the end of April, Charles Michel announced that the European Union would purchase heavy weapons and transfer them to Ukraine free of charge. According to him, the EU will not announce the purchase of heavy weapons for security reasons.
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The head of the European Council said that over the course of two months, the European Union allocated €1.5 billion to Ukraine for purchases for the needs of the country's armed forces.
Russia has repeatedly accused Western countries of “pumping” of Ukraine with weapons and warned that convoys with foreign weapons would become a legitimate target for the Russian military.
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