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Ukraine war: Five things you need to know about the conflict on Thursday

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EU leaders are widely expected to endorse Ukraine as a candidate country to join the European Union.While mostly symbolic, the status represents a stunning geopolitical victory for the war-torn country, who until earlier this year was never considered a serious contender to enter the 27-strong bloc.

It is also seen as a rebuttal to Russia's coercive attempt to reinstate its lost sphere of influence.The status is set to materialise in a two-day summit in Brussels, where the war, the food crisis, soaring inflation and Europe's security architecture are set to top the agenda."This is a decisive moment for the European Union," said European Council President Charles Michel on Thursday morning. "I’m confident that today we will grant the candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova."The high-level meeting comes a week after a joint trip to Kyiv by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

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