Ukraine plans to apply to become EU member

Ukraine's president on Thursday said he would outline a plan to join the European Union by 2020, according to reports. 

The social and economic plan by President Petro Poroshenko, according to Reuters, would include 60 reforms, which he was expected to detail Thursday. 


It is the latest move by the country to turn more toward the West during its conflict with Russia, which has backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine.

The move comes after the Ukraine parliament earlier this month approved a trade pact with the European Union — a deal that Ukraine's previous president rejected before he was toppled by anti-government protests.

President Obama, in a speech at the United Nations, said the United States continues to stand with Ukraine, asserting Russia's actions have challenged the post-war order. 

"We believe that right makes might — that bigger nations should not be able to bully smaller ones, and that people should be able to choose their own future," Obama said. 

After numerous rounds of sanctions imposed on Russia, Obama said the country could reverse course and accept a "path of diplomacy and peace." He said the recent ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russian separatists appeared to be an opportunity.