‘A game-changer’: EU welcomes Ukraine’s candidacy

European Union leaders on Thursday will make Ukraine a candidate to join the 27-nation bloc, a first step in a long and unpredictable journey to full membership that could take many years to navigate.

Making Ukraine a contender now appears to be a foregone conclusion after national leaders were initially divided over how quickly the war-torn country’s request to join the EU had to be granted, which the Ukrainian government had received just days after Russia. invaded its neighbor on February 24.

According to several diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity before a leadership summit in Brussels, Ukraine will receive the unanimous approval necessary for candidate status and the start of eligibility negotiations.

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