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 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in kyiv on June 15, 2022. — BETAPHOTO/SIPA < p>“ 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”. Grant to; Ukraine the status of candidate for membership in the European Union, « it’s the starting point of a new story for Europe» the Ukrainian president to the Twenty-Seven meeting at a European summit in Brussels. “ Today you have taken one of the most important decisions for Ukraine since its independence 30 years ago » in a videoconference speech. “ This is the biggest step towards the (political) strengthening of Europe. ”

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.