Ukraine takes its place among the nations of the EU – in miniature

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BRUSSELS, July 27 (Reuters) – Ukraine may have many years to wait before joining the European Union, but the war-torn country secured a place this week alongside members of the bloc in “Mini-Europe”, an outdoor theme park of famous European landmarks.

Amid more than 300 miniature models and scenes in Brussels Park, visitors will see depictions of refugees fleeing Ukraine after the Russian invasion in February, and trucks carrying medical and food aid into the country.

The centerpiece is a model of the Independence Monument in Kyiv’s Maidan Square surrounded by people carrying Ukrainian and European flags, and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy handing over Ukraine’s formal application for EU membership.

Mini-Europe owner Thierry Meeus told Reuters the idea was to demonstrate EU solidarity with Ukraine and the country’s European destiny, making it the prime candidate for possible membership in the EU to be represented in the park.

The approximately 20,000 square meter park, which opened in 1989, includes mini scale models of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Houses of Parliament in London and the Grand Place in Brussels.

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Reporting by John Chalmers Editing by Gareth Jones

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