Zelenskyy: EU candidate status is a victory for Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the decision by leaders of the European Union to grant Ukraine membership candidate status is a victory for his country.

Zelenskyy made the remark in a video message released on Thursday.

Ukraine's presidential office also posted a video of Zelenskyy expressing his gratitude to the people participating in the EU summit.

He said, "Today you have adopted one of the most important decisions for Ukraine in all 30 years of independence of our state."

Zelenskyy added, "I believe this decision is not only for Ukraine. This is the biggest step towards strengthening Europe that could be taken right now, in our time and in such difficult conditions, when the Russian war is testing our ability to preserve freedom and unity."