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First Step Toward Ukraine Joining EU Signals Solidarity Amid War

By Matina Stevis-Gridneff, Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Michael Levenson

23 Jun 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

The EU officially made Ukraine and Moldova candidates for membership on Thursday. The move, unimaginable before the war, was a rebuke to Russia and its attempts to fortify its “sphere of influence.”

BRUSSELS — The European Union officially made Ukraine a candidate for membership Thursday, signaling in the face of a devastating Russian military onslaught that it sees Ukraine’s future as lying in an embrace of the democratic West.

While Ukraine’s accession into the bloc could take a decade or more, the decision sends a powerful message of solidarity to Kyiv and a rebuke to President Vladimir Putin of Russia, who has worked for years to keep Ukraine from building Western ties.

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