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Watch as the EU flag arrives at the Ukrainian parliament

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The flag of the European Union was brought to the Ukrainian parliament on Friday morning, a week after EU leaders decided to grant Ukraine the status of candidate country to join the bloc.As the blue flag of 12 gold stars entered the chamber, lawmakers stood up, clapped and took pictures, celebrating the symbolic and highly emotional moment for the war-torn country.The special parliamentary session featured interventions from Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen."A new history of Ukraine and the European Union has begun.

We are now not next to each other, but together. Not two neighbours between which there are borders and barriers, but one European family that has common values and a common destiny," Zelenskyy said."Gaining membership in the European Union is not only geopolitics or the realisation of political aspirations.

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