What has happened in the last hours
On the 365th day of the war started by Russia against Ukraine, these are the key data at 8:00 p.m. this Thursday, February 23:
The EU does not reach an agreement for a new package of sanctions for the anniversary of the war. The twenty-seven countries of the EU have once again ended without agreement a new day of negotiations to impose a battery of sanctions on Russia on the occasion of the anniversary of the war, which is celebrated this Friday. The partners will spend that day trying to approve the tenth package, which, in principle, would include 11,000 million in trade sanctions.
Sánchez defends in the Ukrainian Parliament the country’s aspiration to accede to the EU. This Thursday, the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, addressed the Ukrainian Parliament, the Rada. There he has defended Ukraine’s “dream” of accessing the EU as Spain did in its day. He has highlighted “the dignity of a people that fights for what belongs to it”, a “cry for freedom” that distinguishes it from the enemy. But, at the same time, he has warned that there are those who are aligning themselves with Putin’s imperialist theses in the shadow of necessity. “Many countries are suffering the global economic consequences of the war and are sometimes inclined to buy into some of Putin’s anti-Western propaganda. We cannot allow it, ”he warned.
Zelensky appreciates Spain’s sustained support: “He is helping to save the lives of Ukrainians and protect cities.” The Ukrainian President, Volodímir Zelenski, has thanked the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, for his sustained support since the beginning of the Russian invasion. “We have felt Spain’s solidarity since the first days of the war. During this period, its support has only increased,” said the Ukrainian president. During a joint press conference after Sánchez’s visit to kyiv, Zelenski thanked Spain for its military contribution, referring to the tanks and anti-aircraft defense systems. “They serve us to protect our skies against the terror of Russian missiles. Spain is helping to save the lives of Ukrainians and protect cities,” said the Ukrainian president.
Scholz says delivering fighter jets to Ukraine “right now, it doesn’t make sense”. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz declared this Thursday in an interview on German ZDF television that delivering fighter jets to Ukraine “right now doesn’t make sense.” kyiv has been asking for fighters practically since the start of the invasion, almost a year ago. Only now, after the international go-ahead for the delivery of Western-made tanks, is when the Ukrainian government has once again insisted on the request.
Four people are killed in a Ukrainian shelling in Donetsk, according to Russia. The Russian occupation authorities in the Ukrainian province of Donetsk have denounced on Thursday the death of four people in a bombardment southwest of the city. According to Moscow-imposed governor Denis Pushilin, four members of a medical brigade died during the evacuation of wounded in the Petrovsky district.
Europe announces the creation of a support network to prosecute war crimes in Ukraine, which already number 71,000, according to kyiv. Eurojust, the European judicial cooperation agency, announced on Thursday the creation of a new support network to prosecute the crime of aggression in Ukraine (ICPA, in its acronym in English). It has also presented a database (CICED) that will collect evidence on crimes allegedly committed since the Russian invasion of the country. Both will operate from Eurojust, which is based in the Netherlands, and coordinates and supports the response of the various judicial bodies investigating crimes committed on Ukrainian soil.
In the photo by Christophe Petit, for Efe, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, illuminated with the colors of the Ukrainian flag, in commemoration of the first anniversary of the invasion.