Russian invasion pushes EU to make Ukraine a membership candidate

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Ukraine and Moldova won backing from European Union leaders on Thursday to become official candidates to join the bloc, a seminal move that comes after months of lobbying from the war-torn country and its neighbour to start the long road to membership. The decision is “a strong signal towards Russia in the current geopolitical context” French President Emmanuel Macron said in Brussels, Amid the Russian invasion “there can be no better sign of hope” for the country’s citizens, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said, speaking alongside Macron. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelen…

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