‘A game changer’: EU prepares to welcome Ukraine’s bid

On Thursday, European Union leaders are set to 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 competitor now appears to be a done deal after national leaders were initially divided on how quickly to accept the war-torn country’s application for EU membership, which the Ukrainian government submitted just days later. after Russia invaded its neighbor in February. 24.

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

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