EU leaders grant Ukraine and Moldova candidate status - DW News.

Leaders of the European Union on Thursday decided to make Ukraine and Moldova official candidates for membership of the bloc.

European Council President Charles Michel made the announcement after discussions among leaders of the EU's 27 member states.

The EU has been largely united in backing Ukraine since Russia invaded on February 24, adopting unprecedented economic sanctions against Moscow. Just four days after Russia launched its war, Ukraine applied to become a member of the EU.

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