If Putin's objective is to keep Ukraine out of the West's orbit, his war is not succeeding.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy posted photos of himself signing the EU application, a largely symbolic move for now that could take years to become reality and is unlikely to sit well with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has long accused the West of trying to pull Ukraine into its orbit.
Ukraine applying for EU membership is not as provocative as Ukraine asking to join NATO but it's not far off.
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