STORY: European Union leaders formally accepted Ukraine as a candidate to join the 27-nation bloc, a bold geopolitical move hailed by Ukraine and the EU itself as an historic moment.
"This is a victory," a smiling Zelenskiy said in a brief video posted released by his office, noting Ukraine had waited 30 years for this moment.
"We can defeat the enemy, rebuild Ukraine, join the EU, and then we can rest," he said in a low voice.
"Or perhaps we won't rest at all - our children would take offence. But without any doubt, we will win."