Ukrainians in Brussels hail EU candidate status

STORY: The small crowd chanted "Ukraine is Europe" while wearing Ukrainian flags, and many said the decision to put Ukraine on the path to membership would be a morale boost in the war.

"All the people in Ukraine are watching and waiting for this decision. For them it's very, very important to raise their morale, to continue fighting against the Russian army, to continue to fight against the past and towards the future," said 34-year-old Ivan Zinchenko, originally from Kharkiv.

Although it will take Ukraine and fellow candidate Moldova years - and perhaps more than a decade - to qualify for membership, the summit decision will be a symbolic step that signals the EU's intention to reach deep into the former Soviet Union.

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