Zelensky warns of “greater hostile activity” from Russia ahead of EU status decision

Mariya Knight

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine should expect “greater hostile activity” from Russia as the European Union considers whether the country should be formally considered for candidate status in the wake of Russia’s invasion.

“We should expect greater hostile activity from Russia. Purposefully — demonstratively. This week exactly,’’ Zelensky said in his nightly address on Sunday. “And not only against Ukraine, but also against other European countries.”

Zelensky said Monday marks the start of a “truly historic week.”

“A week when we will hear the answer from the European Union on the candidate status for Ukraine. We already have a positive decision from the European Commission, and at the end of the new week there will be a response from the European Council.”

Zelensky called a future response on Ukraine’s candidate status “a fateful decision” for his country. He also said he was “convinced that only a positive decision meets the interests of the whole of Europe.”

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