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Crisis-hit Ukraine one step closer to getting EU membership: Report

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy formally applied to join the EU at the end of February

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen talks with the press after an extraordinary meeting of EU leaders to discuss Ukraine, energy and food security at the Europa building in Brussels, Monday, May 30, 2022. European Union leaders agreed

We have one clear message, yes, Ukraine deserves European perspective. Yes, Ukraine should be welcomed as a candidate country: Ursela von der Leyen President, European Union

Alberto Nardelli | Bloomberg
The European Commission recommended that Ukraine be granted candidate status in a symbolic step on the long path to become members of the European Union, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The EU’s executive arm approved it Friday with conditions that Kyiv will have to meet in the future on the rule of law, justice and anti-corruption, the people said. The recommendation is significant for Ukraine, which has invested so much of its political future on a closer relationship with Europe as it seeks moral support in countering Russian aggression.

But there’s no existing fast-track path to speed up the

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First Published: Jun 18 2022 | 12:59 AM IST

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