European Union(EU) approves visa-free travel for Ukrainians Thursday May 11,2017
The European Union(EU) has adopted a regulation granting visa-free travel for Ukrainians, fulfilling a key promise to cement ties with Ukraine
Under the regulation, Ukrainian citizens holding a biometric passport can travel to an EU country for up to 90 days out of any 180-day period for business, tourism or family purposes
The measure will not apply to Ireland and the UK, while travellers will not be permitted to work or reside in EU member states.
"YES, we did it!", Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko wrote on Facebook after Thursday May 11,2017's decision, which Ukraine had been trying to clinch for years.
Talks between Kiev and Brussels on a liberalised visa deal began in 2008 but the European Commission only gave the green light in 2015.
"It feels like coming home after a long and exhausting journey," Poroshenko said, adding that Ukraine was gradually "becoming part of a common European civilization".
The EU and Ukraine sealed a broad trade and political association agreement after the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014. The agreement included the offer of the removal of visa requirements.