CONFLICT Ukraine's president on Thursday hailed “a unique and historic moment” after Ukraine was awarded official EU candidate status by the Twenty-Seven

War in Ukraine: Volodymyr Zelensky salutes “a unique and historic moment” after the validation of the status of candidate for the ; the country's EU

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in kyiv on June 15, 2022. — BETAPHOTO/SIPA

“ It’s a unique and historic moment in Ukraine-European Union relations» Volodymyr Zelensky on Twitter, saying that, according to him, « Ukraine’s future lies within the EU”. Many other Ukrainian leaders reacted quickly to the announcement made in the evening by Charles Michel, the President of the European Council.

For Dmytro Kouleba, the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, « today marks the beginning of a long journey that we will travel together,” he said in a short video shot in tandem with Josep Borrell, his European counterpart. “ Ukraine will win. Europe will triumph, » on Twitter. Before adding: « The Ukrainian people belong to the European family. Ukraine’s future is with the EU. ”

“ We would like to become a member of the EU ”

Same story with Denys Chmygal, the Ukrainian Prime Minister, for whom « this historic day » brand “ a new stage in the construction of Europe ». “ The status of official candidate for; the EU is about new reforms, closer ties scale in all sectors of the economy and a full market entry process. inside the EU », he said.

Head of the presidential administration Andriï Yermak also mentioned “ the necessary reforms » to Ukraine to officially integrate the European Union into the future. “ We would like to become a member of the EU,” he insisted. Ukraine is therefore officially a candidate for membership in the EU, a scenario still unimaginable at the beginning of the year, but which has imposed itself in the Twenty-Seven with the Russian invasion. However, the process could take years to complete.