Live updates on Russia-Ukraine conflict: The European Commission supports 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)

Updated June 17, 2022 at 11: 30 p.m. EDT|Published

June 17, 2022 at 2: 30 a.m. EDT

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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.

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