Mr Zelenskyy was elected for his ambition to help Ukraine join the EU and break free from the Kremlin’s influence on his country’s governance.
But Ukraine is only a candidate, not a member state yet, and there are still hurdles to surpass before Ukrainians join the bloc.
Why Ukraine wants EU membership
“To unlock the funding from the EU — this is so big you cannot even imagine how happy I am personally as an ambassador of Ukraine.”
She said as Ukraine is already a member of the Council of Europe and thus the European Court of Human Rights, “not a lot of additional rights in that sense [human rights] will pertain”.
What is the EU?
Ukrainian army tanks roll down a road near Lysychansk on June 19. Credit: Justin Yau/Sipa USA
What would Ukrainian membership mean for Russia?
“Because it shows once again to the world that we are united and strong in the face of external threats.”
“It is further evidence that Ukraine is not a part of Russia.”
“The military, defence and security components are being discussed,” Mr Peskov said. “We are, of course, observing it all thoroughly.”
What are the barriers Ukraine will face?
While these requirements may seem difficult for the country to achieve considering the war, the EU’s vote to approve its candidacy may suggest they are willing to overlook certain conditions of entry.
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