European Union leaders on Thursday gave the green light to Ukraine’s and Moldova’s bids for candidate status to join the bloc, APA reports citing DW.
War-torn Ukraine and neighboring Moldova received the boost to their membership prospects after a summit between EU leaders in Brussels.
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.