Several security checkpoints are set up around Lviv

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the nation via his smartphone in central Kyiv, Ukraine, February 26. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office/AP)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said now was a “crucial moment” to decide on his country’s membership of the European Union, in a tweet on Saturday.

“This is a crucial moment to close the long-running discussion once and for all and decide on Ukraine’s #EU membership. We discussed with @eucopresident further effective help and fight heroic of Ukrainians for their free future,” tweeted his verified Twitter page said.

Provocative words: Earlier Saturday, as the battle for Kiev continued, Zelensky repeatedly took to the social media platform to post updates.

In a 40-second video titled ‘Don’t Believe Fakes’, the President said: “I am here. We are not laying down our arms. We will defend our country, because our weapon is the truth, and our truth is that this is our land, our country, our children, and we will defend it all.

“That’s all. That’s all I wanted to tell you. Glory to Ukraine,” he added.

In another tweet on Saturday morning, he also said: “A new day on the diplomatic front began with a conversation with @EmmanuelMacron. Our partners’ weapons and equipment are on their way to Ukraine. The anti-war coalition is working !”

French support: French President Emmanuel Macron warned on Saturday that the war in Ukraine and the crisis surrounding it will “last” as he predicted impacts on food markets.

“If I can tell you one thing this morning, it’s that this war is going to last,” Macron told the annual agricultural show.

“This crisis will last, this war will last and all the crises that come with it will have lasting consequences,” Macron added, warning: “We have to be prepared.

“French and Europeans, we will be there”, he said, “to build short and medium term responses to try to fully secure our energy”.

The president said the “impact of the crisis on our lives” will also extend to the world of farmers and food, without providing further details.


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