“Glory to Ukraine,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy gets standing ovation for his address at European Parliament

Volodymyr Zelenskyy received a standing ovation after his address to the European Parliament. He said that we are fighting for our land and our freedom even though all our cities are now blocked.


Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who has risen as the heroic face of his country’s battle against the Kremlin forces, earned a standing ovation after his speech at European Parliament on Wednesday. In his speech, Zelenskyy told that nobody is going to break Ukraine, which is battling for its land and freedom.

“We’re fighting for our land & our freedom even after the fact that all our cities are now shut off. Nobody is going to break us, we’re tough, we’re Ukrainians,” he announced.

He asserted, “I am glad that we have unified all of you, the nations of the European Union, today, but I did not realize that it would have such a high price – it’s a disaster for me, for every Ukrainian, for our country.”

The president, who wishes his country to be a part of the European Union, notified the European parliament that Ukraine is battling “to be equal members of Europe.”

“Do prove that you are with us. Do prove that you will not let us go. Do prove that you are indeed Europeans and then life will win over death and light will win over darkness,” he asserted in Ukrainian in a speech interpreted to English by an interpreter talking through tears, as emotion clasped the parliament.

“The EU will be much stronger with us. Without you, Ukraine will be lonesome,” Zelenskyy announced, with Kyiv probable well aware that Ukraine’s membership proposal will be long and tough.

Zelenskyy ends his statements to the European Parliament saying, “Life will win over death. And the light will win over darkness. Glory be to Ukraine.”

After his speech, EU lawmakers, many donning #standwithUkraine T-shirts holding the Ukrainian flag, others with blue-and-yellow scarves or ribbons, gave Zelenskyy a standing ovation. EU lawmakers are predicted to name Russia a “rogue state” and persuade the 27-nation bloc to concede even tougher sanctions, according to an outline text they will vote on later on Tuesday.

The European Union has taken remarkable steps, comprising financing weapons deliveries to Ukraine, after Russia’s President Vladimir Putin started the war on its neighbour last week.

According to a draft resolution and modifications backed by the assembly’s major parties, lawmakers will ask for the scope of sanctions to be widened and “aimed at strategically undermining the Russian economy and industrial base, in specific the military-industrial complex.” Russia’s attack of Ukraine “effectively makes Russia a rogue state,” the legislators are set to announce.

The European Parliament will also persuade EU leaders to be harder on oligarchs and officials near to the Russian leadership, prohibit oil and gas imports from Russia, prohibition on Russia and its ally Belarus entirely from the SWIFT bank messaging system, and to shut down all EU ports to Russian ships or ships headed to or from Russia.

“The message from Europe is apparent. We will stand up, we will not look away when those battling in the street for our values stand against Putin’s war machine,” EU Parliament President Roberta Metsola announced, speaking in front of the EU and Ukrainian flags.