Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has given a powerful address to the European parliament via videolink.
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Sitting in front of the country’s flag, he said today would be the last days for some of his citizens who were defending the country.
Ukraine, he said, was paying a very high price for European ideals: “Thousands of people killed, two revolutions, one war and five days of full-scale invasion”.
I am not reading from a script, because the phase of scripts for Ukraine has ended.
Now we are dealing with death, real life, he said.
Zelenskiy said Ukraine was giving lives in order to have be as “equal as you are”.
We are giving away our best people, the strongest ones, the most value based ones.
He said he was speaking between bombardments and that in the morning two missile strikes had hit Freedom Square in Kharkiv, a city close to Russia and with longstanding friendly ties.
We have a desire to see our children alive, I think it is a fair one. We are fighting for survival. We are fighting to be equal members of Europe.
We are exactly the same as you are. So do prove that you are with us. Do prove that you are indeed Europeans and then life will win over death and light will win over darkness. Glory be to Ukraine.
Zelenskiy tells EU parliament: ‘Nobody is going to break us’ or ‘intervene with our freedom’
Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy tells the European parliament that his country is “giving away its best people” for its desire to be treated as equals and for the price of freedom.
We are giving away our best people. Our strongest ones. The most value-based ones.
Ukrainians are incredible.
Zelenskiy says Ukrainians are fighting for their land and for their freedom.
Nobody is going to enter and intervene with our freedom and country.
Nobody is going to break us. We are strong. We are Ukrainians.
Source: The Guardian