The European Union has given Ukraine the status of a candidate to join the bloc. Kiev and Brussels have called it a “historic moment”, with the Ukrainian president saying “today Ukraine has won and Russia has lost.”
Ukraine’s government adviser has been quoted as saying that joining the European Union would boost the morale of the war-torn country.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky welcomed the decision, tweeting that “Ukraine’s future is with the European Union.”
European Council President Charles Mitchell wrote in response: “Our future is together.”
It should be noted that a few days after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Ukrainian authorities had applied to the European Union for accession, which was reviewed by several meetings and the views of the member states were sought.
In this regard, the last session of the meeting was held in Brussels on Thursday and it was agreed to nominate Ukraine as a candidate.
Experts believe that this decision will definitely increase Russia’s anger.
Today marks four months since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Putin began with the words “special military operation.”
Russia’s move has been widely criticized in the West. Thousands have been killed so far in this war and millions have been displaced. Similarly, many cities have been reduced to rubble, while the war has led to a food crisis, as both countries have been producing and exporting large quantities of wheat, cooking oil and other commodities. Has been affected by the war.
So far, Russia’s focus has been on southern and eastern Ukraine, with its forces attempting to advance on the capital in the early days of the offensive, which was thwarted by Ukrainian forces.
Alexei Gromov, a senior Ukrainian defense official, said in a briefing on Thursday that Russian forces were trying to surround Ukrainian troops defending Lysichansk.
Ukrainian President Zelensky called the European Council’s move a victory for his country and said he would not leave China until full membership and Russia’s defeat.
He also released a video statement on his Instagram account showing Zelensky smiling.
According to him, “Ukraine has been waiting for this moment for 30 years.”
It is believed that on February 24, Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine and since then the fighting has continued.