Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has made an emotional appeal for his country to become a member of the European Union during a visit to Brussels, emphasizing the shared values between Kyiv and the bloc.
Meanwhile, the Kremlin says that deliveries of Western fighter jets to Kyiv would only make the war more "painful" for Ukraine.
Here are the latest headlines:
- Zelensky pushes for EU membership: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has addressed the EU Parliament during a trip to Brussels, and underlined his desire for Ukraine to join the European Union. "This is our Europe, these are our rules, this is our way of life. And for Ukraine, it's a way home, a way to its home," Zelensky said.
- EU official reiterates support for Ukraine: "We have your back," European Parliament President Roberta Metsola told Zelensky. "Ukraine is Europe and your nation's future is in the European Union," said Metsola. "We will be with you for as long as it takes," she said.
- UK fighter jets would make war more "painful" for Ukraine: Possible UK deliveries of fighter jets to Ukraine will not change the outcome of the war, but will only “escalate and prolong it and will make it more painful” for Ukraine, according to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov. Discussions around deliveries of fighter jets show the “growing involvement of the UK, Germany, and France in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine," said Peskov.
- Washington showing "hostile attitude" to Moscow: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has accused Washington of having a “hostile attitude” towards Russia. The US perceives Moscow as an “adversary” and provokes further escalation, Peskov added, referring to US President Joe Biden’s address State of the Union address, in which he spoke of a need to confront Russia and support Ukraine.
- Russian attacks intensify in Luhansk: Russian forces have stepped up attacks near Kupyansk and Lyman in the Luhansk region over the past week, according to the Ukrainian General Staff.
- No "red line" over fighter jets, says Portuguese PM: Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa said his country did not have a "red line" when it came to providing fighter jets to Ukraine, but said his country would not be able to relinquish any of its own aircraft.