Day 120: Ukraine accepted as EU candidate, fighting in Luhansk region, fundraising for Bayraktars

EU grants Ukraine candidate status. European Union leaders approved a proposal to grant Ukraine an EU candidate status at a Brussels summit. The European Council made Ukraine a candidate for membership based on European Commission’s recommendations of June 17. 

Offensive on Lysychansk halts. Russia captures Mykolayivka. Ukrainian troops stopped the advance of Russian forces outside Lysychansk, but Russians captured Mykolayivka, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said. Ukrainian troops got out of the encirclement near Zolote and Hirske, towns south of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk. Russians mass troops near Zolote to support an assault on Severodonetsk, head of Luhansk regional military administration Serhiy Hayday said. He did not rule out that Ukrainian troops may have to pull back to stronger positions. “Russians deployed most of the reserves to occupy all of Luhansk region soon. Fighting rages on all axes. In the industrial area of Severodonetsk, many defense constructions were ruined. We do not rule out that [Ukrainian troops] will have to withdraw to retreat to better fortified positions,” Hayday added.

People’s Bayraktars: Ukrainians raise funds to buy two drones in just one day. On Wednesday, June 22, Ukrainian TV host, civic activist and volunteer Serhiy Prytula announced a massive fundraising haul between June 22 and June 29 to collect funds to buy three Bayraktar drones for the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The target is to raise USD 15 million. Serhiy Prytula’s charity donated USD two million. On the first day of the campaign, more than EUR 10 million (UAH 366 million) was raised. The funds will cover the purchase of two Bayraktar drones.

Ukraine in Flames #105: How European countries provide foreign aid to Ukraine

In the darkest times of Ukraine’s modern history, support and friendship cannot be overestimated. Ukraine In Flames continues exploring how foreigners join – or even push – their governments in providing Ukraine with aid on different levels, from fundraising for the military to organizing humanitarian aid, a process that becomes trickier with time simply due to the fact that enthusiastic volunteers, Ukrainian and foreign, have already bought much of the tactical supplies throughout Europe and directed it to Ukraine. Acts of kindness are driven by empathy and a need to do the right thing, but sometimes also by a very personal understanding of the pain Ukraine goes through. Greetings from Spain and Estonia in Ukraine In Flames #105.


Pablo Gil, Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Valencia, Spain

Ülle Hallik, freelance journalist, Estonia

NGO “Slava Ukraini”, Estonia