Zelenskyy receives a standing ovation at EU

Zelenskyy receives a standing ovation at EU

A loud standing ovation was given for a well said touching speech by Zelenskyy.

Translator choked up with emotion as Zelensky addressed a European Parliament concerning the crises facing Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was met with a standing ovation from diplomats as he addressed the European Parliament; telling those in attendance that his country is “fighting for survival.”

“We are fighting just for our land and our freedom,” Zelensky said; causing the EU translator on the English language feed to choke up with emotion. “We desire to see our children alive. I think it’s a fair one.”

“We are fighting for our life … We are fighting for survival. This is the highest of our motivation,” Zelensky said.

“But we are fighting also to be equal members of Europe,” he added. “I believe that today we are showing everybody that’s exactly what we are.”

Zelensky requested for Ukraine to be added to the EU on an expedited process on Monday.

He received a standing ovation across the chamber both before and after his speech.

Diplomats walk out as Russian Foreign Minister addresses UN

In an sharp contrast; diplomats from members of the European Union; staged a large walkout as Russian Foreign Minister addressed the UN.

Representatives from Europe and other allies walked out during a video link address by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday.

A video posted by the French delegation showed dozens of officials leaving the chamber while Lavrov started his address via video link.

“Walk out from the EU and its partners during the statement from Minister Lavrov at the Conference on Disarmament this morning to show our support to Ukraine,” the tweet said.

During his speech to the UN Human Rights Council, Lavrov said he did not attend in person because of what he called “outrageous” measures by European Union in applying sanctions on Russia following its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said the protection of the country’s capital; Kyiv, is the “key priority” for the state. 

“Kharkiv and Kyiv are currently the most important targets for Russia. Terror is meant to break us. To break our resistance. They are heading to our capital; as well as to Kharkiv,” he said in a Facebook message Tuesday.

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“Therefore, the defense of the capital today is the key priority for the state,” Zelensky said

Kyiv is special. If we protect Kyiv, we will protect the state; This is the heart of our country; And it must keep beating; And it will keep beating, so that life triumphs.

In his message to Ukrainians; Zelensky also described Tuesday’s attack on the central square in Kharkiv as an act of terror.

“This is terror against the city; this is terror against Kharkiv, terror against Ukraine. There was no military target on the square,” Zelensky said.
“The rocket to the central square is outright, undisguised terror. No one will forgive. Nobody will forget. This strike on Kharkiv is a war crime.”

“We call on all countries of the world; to respond immediately and effectively; to this criminal tactic of the aggressor; and to declare that Russia is committing state terrorism. We demand full responsibility for terrorists in international courts,” Zelensky said.

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