EU awards Ukraine and Moldova candidate status EU awards Ukraine and Moldova candidate status Ukraine applied days after the Russian invasion in February, and the process moved at a record speed. While Moldova's application was accepted, a third former Soviet state, Georgia, has still to qualify for candidacy. EU President Ursula von der Leyen said all three countries were "part of our European family". "It strengthens Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, in the face of Russian imperialism. And it strengthens the EU. Because it shows once again to the world that we are united and strong in the face of external threats."