After Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky applied to the European Union and subsequently asked the EU to urgently admit it into the organization through a new, special procedure, the European Parliament has now accepted Ukraine’s application and will support its candidacy for membership. A special admission procedure has begun to have Ukraine admitted into the bloc.

Note that the European Parliament said it has accepted the application and will support the application. However, the power of deciding on said application rests within the EU member states themselves.

“We appeal to the European Union for Ukraine’s immediate accession under a new special procedure. We are grateful to partners for being with us. But our goal is to be with all Europeans and, most importantly, to be equal to. I am confident that it is fair. I am confident have we deserved it. I am confident that all this is possible,” he said in a video message addressed to the EU.

Zelensky has been heard by the European Parliament quite literally and figuratively. He had addressed the European Union Parliament during an emergency session specifically held because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“Prove that you are with us,” said the Ukrainian President, who has now become world-renowned due to his unrelenting support to his people. “Do prove that you are with us. Do prove that you will not let us go. Do prove that you are indeed Europeans, and then life will win over death, and light will win over darkness,” said Zelensky through an interpreter who was heard fighting through tears while translating the President’s speech.

Zelensky then received a standing ovation from the European Parliament, many of which were wearing blue and yellow clothing and accessories and T-shirts bearing the #standwithUkraine text.

Ukrainian President Zelensky receiving a standing ovation during the EU meeting (NEXTA via Republic World). Source:
Ukrainian President Zelensky receiving a standing ovation during the EU meeting (NEXTA via Republic World)

In a statement published by the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, on March 1, Ukraine had been lifted to a candidate for accession as the parliament recognized Ukraine’s European perspective.