Ukraine takes step toward EU membership as Russian forces tighten vise on Donbas cities

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By Pavel Polityuk and Vitalii Hnidyi KYIV (Reuters) – Ukraine is set to be accepted as a candidate to join the European Union on Thursday, a move that boosts the country’s morale as Russian assaults wear down the defenders of two cities in the eastern Donbas region. Although the approval of the Kyiv government’s application by EU leaders meeting in Brussels is just the start of what will be a years-long process, it marks a huge geopolitical shift and will anger Russia as it struggles to impose its will on Ukraine. The expected green light “is a signal to Moscow that Ukraine, and also other cou…

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