Translator chokes as Zelenskyy delivers emotional speech to European Parliament – National

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s speech to the European Union parliament on Tuesday was so moving that it choked the official translator with emotion.

In footage from Euronews, the unnamed English-language interpreter can be heard getting emotional as he repeats Zelensky’s promise that the Ukrainian people would not be broken by the Russian invasion.

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“We are only fighting for our land. And for our freedom, despite the fact that all cities in our country are now blocked,” Zelenskyy said, as the narrator held back tears.

“No one is going to come in and interfere with the freedom of our country.”

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“Every square today, whatever it is called, will be called Liberty Square, in every city in our country. No one will break us,” Zelenskyy continued.

It is not the first time this week that the President has made a performer emotional.

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In a separate speech on Sunday, a translator working for a German news agency also broke down during one of his speeches.

“Sorry,” she said quietly in German, before stepping off the air.

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An attack by Russian forces on Kiev’s television tower and Ukraine’s main Holocaust memorial site left five people dead and five injured on Tuesday, Ukrainian officials said.

The attacks come after Zelenskyy’s speech, which urged the European Union to “prove that you are with us” as his country’s fight against Russia continues.

During the emergency session of parliament, Zelenskyy appeared via video conference to push for EU membership a day after formally applying to join the bloc.

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