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European Commission backs Kyiv’s E.U. ambitions as Putin lashes out at West

French President Emmanuel Macron said during a visit to Kyiv with other European leaders on June 16 that Ukraine can count on its allies. (Video: Reuters)
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BRUSSELS — The European Commission on Friday issued an opinion recommending that Ukraine should be granted candidate status for European Union membership — a first step that will add significant momentum to the country’s campaign to join the bloc.