Ukraine's is as credible a candidacy for EU membership as can be (Photo: European Parliament)

Ukraine's EU membership bid - symbolic, yes, but essential

On the fifth day of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, president Volodymyr Zelensky submitted an EU membership application for his country. Ukraine chose Europe in its "revolution of dignity" in 2013 and paid dearly with lives, land, and a separatist conflict in its east.

It chooses Europe again as Russian forces march in and shell its cities intent to use all force necessary to bring Ukraine back into the folds of a Russian empire.

Ukraine's is as credible a candidacy for EU membersh...

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Iskra Kirova is senior policy analyst at the Open Society Foundations.