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Ukraine’s Zelenskyy tells EU: ‘Prove you are with us’

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy tells EU: ‘Prove you are with us’

A day after submitting an official proposal to join the European Union, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asked the EU to demonstrate that it stands with Kyiv in its fight against invading Russian soldiers.

“We are fighting for our right to be equal members of Europe,” Zelenskyy said in a video address to an extraordinary session of the European Parliament on Tuesday.

“Please demonstrate that you are with us. Please demonstrate that you are not going to let us go. ‘Prove to the world that you are Europeans,’ he said in a speech that was translated into English. “Then life will triumph over death, and light will triumph over darkness,’ he added in Ukrainian in a speech that was translated into English.

“With us, the EU will be much stronger.”

Zelenskyy has stayed in Kyiv to organize his supporters against the invading forces.

At the time of his speech on Tuesday, a Russian armored column was closing in on the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

When Zelenskyy delivered his statement, the Ukrainian president’s translator could only speak through tears as he interpreted the Ukrainian president’s request to the parliament.

Zelenskyy received a standing ovation from the EU legislators; many were dressed in #standwithUkraine T-shirts featuring the Ukrainian flag, while others wore blue-and-yellow scarves or ribbons.

Following Zelenskiy’s request, European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic said that the EU would equip Ukraine with weaponry in addition to imposing unprecedented penalties on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine last week. “We (are) with you,” Sefcovic added.

His words were followed by, “And we will be alongside you to reconstruct your magnificent nation after your triumph.”

‘It’s going to be difficult.’

On Monday, Zelenskyy formally signed Ukraine’s application to become a member of the European Union.

The presidents of eight countries in Central and Eastern Europe wrote an open letter. They called for Ukraine to be awarded EU candidate status immediately and formal membership negotiations to begin immediately.

Ukraine, on the other hand, is fully aware that any membership process would be lengthy and arduous, even if the country manages to avoid coming back under the control of Moscow during the conflict.

According to the European Commission, following Zelenskiy’s address, Charles Michel, the chairman of the EU’s leaders, told the EU Parliament that the group would have to take Ukraine’s “legitimate” bid to become a member seriously.

“It will be tough,” he said, noting that “we are aware that there are diverse perspectives in Europe (on future enlargements).”

The EU has taken several unprecedented moves in response to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s declaration of war on its neighbor last week, including subsidizing military delivery to Ukraine.

Ukraine’s measures have been dubbed a “special operation” by Russian officials.

With 637 votes to 13 and 26 abstentions, the European Parliament passed a non-binding resolution on Tuesday asking for stronger sanctions against Russia “to strategically damage the Russian economy and industrial base, in particular the military-industrial complex.”

While Putin “recalls the awful words made by tyrants of the twentieth century,” Zelenskiy is being “heroic,” according to the press.

EU leaders were urged to be tougher on oligarchs and officials close to Putin, restrict oil and gas imports from Russia, ban Russia and its ally Belarus from the SWIFT bank messaging system, and close all EU ports to Russian ships or ships bound for or returning from Russia, according to the European Parliament.

EU legislators, on the other hand, rejected an amendment that would have designated Russia as a “rogue state.”

“The word from Europe is unequivocally positive. Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament, spoke in front of the EU and Ukrainian flags. “We will stand up, and we will not turn a blind eye until people battling in the streets for our values bring Putin’s war machine to an end,” Metsola stated.

According to UN data, at least 136 people have been murdered in Ukraine, including 13 children, and 400 more, including 26 children, have been wounded.

According to the UN Refugee Agency, more than 660,000 individuals have left Ukraine to neighboring countries since the beginning of the year.

Ursula von der Leyen, the head of the European Commission, said that Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine had unified nations against Russia.

If Putin’s goal was to split the EU, undermine NATO, and fragment the international community, he has done the exact opposite, said von der Leyen, who was wearing a blue and yellow ribbon on her jacket as she spoke to the EU Parliament.

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