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EU Leaders Plan to Grant War-Torn Ukraine Candidate Status

  • Formal decision to come at Brussels summit starting Thursday
  • Zelenskiy has campaigned intensively for membership path
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WATCH: President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s Deputy Chief of Staff Ihor Zhovkva says Ukraine “will definitely be part of the EU.”Source: Bloomberg

Leaders of the European Union are planning to grant candidacy status to Ukraine, according to a draft joint statement seen by Bloomberg, in a symbolic victory for a nation that has spent the past four months trying to fend off Russia’s invasion.

The decision means that all 27 members agreed to grant Ukraine the first step on a years-long and difficult path to joining the bloc. The leaders plan to say that EU states will decide on the next steps of the process after Ukraine fully meets a long list of conditions related to the rule of law, justice and anti-corruption set out by the European Commission.