Ukraine announces EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv on Friday
February 01, 2023 / 12:02 AM
A Ukrainian serviceman enters a hut at a rear-echelon location where wood is chopped to supply frontline positions in the Donetsk region
Sharjah24 - AFP: Nearly a year after Russia began its war in Ukraine, the prime minister of that country declared that a meeting with the European Union would take place in Kyiv on Friday and would send a "strong signal" to Moscow and the rest of the world.
Also on Tuesday, Ukraine said it was expecting up to 140 modern tanks from its Western allies, as Russian forces claimed new ground close to the frontline hotspot of Bakhmut.
"The Ukraine-EU summit will be held in Kyiv on February 3," Prime Minister Denys Shmygal told a government meeting, calling the event "extremely important" for Kyiv's bid to join the European bloc.
"The fact that this summit will be held in Kyiv is a powerful signal to both partners and enemies."
No details were provided on who would be attending on the European Union side.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops to Ukraine on February 24 last year, and his forces have repeatedly targeted civilian infrastructure including in the capital Kyiv.
The Ukrainian prime minister also said that another key event will take place on Thursday, when consultations between the government of Ukraine and the European Commission will take place "for the first time in our history."
Ukraine gained EU candidacy status in June last year.