Russia invades Ukraine: Live updates πŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ’₯

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

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

“It is a crucial moment to close the long-standing discussion once and for all and decide on Ukraine’s membership in the #EU. Discussed with @eucopresident further effective assistance and the heroic struggle of Ukrainians for their free future,” a tweet on his verified Twitter page said.

Defiant words: Earlier Saturday as the battle for Kyiv continued, Zelensky took to the social media platform a number of times to post updates.

In one 40-second video titled “do not believe the fakes,” the president said: “I am here. We are not putting down arms. We will be defending our country, because our weapon is truth, and our truth is that this is our land, our country, our children, and we will defend all of this.

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

In a separate tweet on Saturday morning, he also said: “A new day on the diplomatic frontline began with a conversation with @EmmanuelMacron. Weapons and equipment from our partners are on the way to Ukraine. The anti-war coalition is working!”

French support: French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday warned that the war in Ukraine and the crisis around it β€œwill last” as he predicted impacts on food markets.

“If I can tell you one thing this morning, it is that this war will last,” Macron told France’s annual agriculture fair.

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

β€œFrench and Europeans, we will be there,” he said, β€œto build short and medium-term responses to try and fully secure our energy.”

The president said that the crisis’ β€œimpact on our lives” will also extend to the world of farmers and food, without providing further details.

Russia invades Ukraine: Live updates

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