“We have decided on our choice: Ukraine will become a full member of the European Union (EU) and the European community in the future,” Valery Kolyukh, a member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine from the ruling party Servant of the People told Easter Europe bureau of Report.

“Granting Ukraine the candidate status is not just a new stage for our state. It opens a new page in the history of Ukraine’s European integration,” he said.

“This is a historic decision that forever affirms the perception of our country, and our self-identification. Ukraine is neither a buffer zone nor a zone of influence between west and east, Europe and Asia, but a European country. Candidate status is a new image for us. Moreover, it is a confirmation of our efforts to develop as a democratic, legal European state. Candidate status is a great success for Ukraine. It creates new opportunities, integration, reforms, and full membership in the European Union.”