European Union leaders on Thursday gave the green light to Ukraine’s and Moldova’s bids for candidate status to join the bloc.
War-torn Ukraine and neighboring Moldova received the boost to their membership prospects after a summit between EU leaders in Brussels, APA reports citing DW.
On 28 February, just four days after it was invaded by Russia, Ukraine applied for EU membership.
The approval is the first step in a long journey toward full membership that could take up to a decade to come to fruition.
Earlier on Thursday, the European Parliament voted in favor of granting Ukraine and Moldova EU candidate status.
European Parliament President Roberta Metsola said the vote had been “unequivocal.”
“This will show leadership, resolve and vision in context of Russia’s war against Ukraine,” she tweeted.