Brussels backs Ukraine as a candidate for EU membership. Candidate status for Moldova too, not Georgia

The European Commission has backed Ukraine and Moldova to become candidates for EU membership.
But leaders of EU countries will then have the final say at a summit in Brussels on 23-24 June.
The announcement was welcomed by both Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his Moldovan counterpart Maia Sandu.
European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said in the case of Ukraine that "we all know that Ukrainians are ready to die for the European perspective, we want them to live with us, the EU".
She praised the country's pre-war reforms to tackle corruption, curb the influence of oligarchs and strengthen the rights of minorities although she noted that "we want to see results on the ground".
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