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European Union to discuss Ukraine's bid to gain EU candidate status
Updated: 2022-06-23 17:16:57 KST
Ukraine is inching closer to EU membership.
Leaders of the European Union will meet in Brussels on Thursday,.. and are expected to support offering Ukraine EU candidate status.
A day ahead of the meeting, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asked the members for their full support.

"Since early this morning I have continued the phone call marathon for the sake of a positive decision on the candidacy for Ukraine. Today - 11 leaders."

The candidacy does not grant membership immediately,.. but would allow Ukraine to take the first official step towards becoming a member of the bloc.
If approved, pundits say the move would help boost morale for the people of Ukraine.

Over in the war zone,.. tensions continue to escalate.
According to a regional military chief on Wednesday, Russia now controls a little over half of Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region.
The chief said cities and villages under Russian control are "completely destroyed",.. with some without gas or electricity.
Massive shelling also continued in Lysychansk, the last city in Luhansk region under Ukrainian control.
And Wednesday's rocket attacks on Ukraine's second-largest city Kharkiv,.. have left at least ten people dead.
To reinforce Western support against Russia's aggression,.. Zelenskyy is expected to deliver a virtual speech at the G7 and NATO summits next week.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.
Reporter : minjchoi@arirang.com