EU grants Ukraine candidate status in ‘historic moment’

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By Sabine Siebold and Ingrid Melander BRUSSELS (Reuters) -European Union leaders formally accepted Ukraine as a candidate to join the 27-nation bloc on Thursday, a bold geopolitical move hailed by Ukraine and the EU itself as a “historic moment.” Although it could take Ukraine and neighbouring Moldova more than a decade to qualify for membership, the decision at a two-day EU summit is a symbolic step that signals the bloc’s intention to reach deep into the former Soviet Union. “Ukraine will prevail. Europe will prevail. Today marks the beginning of a long journey that we will walk together,” E…

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