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European Commission recommends Ukraine as a candidate for membership

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Ukraine is one step closer to joining the European Union after the European Commission recommended that the country should be granted candidate status.

It is the first step in a long process to becoming a member of the EU.

The decision comes a day after French president Emmanuel Macron, German chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian prime minister Mario Draghi and Romanian president Klaus Iohannis vowed to back Ukraine's bid following a visit to the country's capital Kyiv.

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