Ukraine takes step toward EU membership but is still ‘decades’ away

Ukraine’s ambassador Vsevolod Chentsov concedes “real integration” can only start once the war with Russia is over. But, he added: “If there is political will, if there is support…to implement reform in a bold and fast way, why should we wait?”

Ukraine’s bid is backed by several EU states on condition of judicial and anti-corruption reforms.

But French president Emmanuel Macron has warned Kyiv’s membership is still “decades” away.