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NEWS: Ukraine expects ‘positive’ EU report on membership bid as Russia war drags on

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen attend a press conference, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine November 4, 2023. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

By Gabriela Baczynska and Tom Balmforth

Ukraine expects the European Union’s executive to deliver a “positive” appraisal of its membership bid this week, a senior government official in Kyiv said on Monday, adding it had carried out the reforms required of it.

The European Commission is expected in a report on Wednesday to recommend taking Ukraine one step closer to becoming a member of the bloc, EU officials say, a coveted prize for Kyiv as weariness creeps in more than 20 months after Russia’s invasion.

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