Translator chokes during Zelenskyy’s emotional speech to European Union – NBC4 Washington

President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a moving speech to the European Parliament on Tuesday, calling on representatives of the 27 member countries to grant Ukraine membership of the European Union.

Zelenskyy spoke remotely from Kyiv as the Russian military onslaught entered its sixth day and a mile-long convoy of Russian tanks and armored vehicles closed in on the capital, heading towards him.

“We are also fighting to be equal members of Europe. I believe today we are showing everyone who we are,” Zelenskyy said.

He said 16 children were killed around Ukraine on Monday, and he scoffed at Russia’s claim that it only goes after military targets.

“Where are the children, what kind of military factories do they work in? Which tanks are they heading towards, launching cruise missiles? said Zelensky.

As Zelenskyy described the recent bombing of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, including a missile strike on the city’s Freedom Square, his English-speaking interpreter became emotional and began to choke .

“Can you imagine, two cruise missiles, dozens dead,” said the translator, his voice shaking. “It is the price of freedom.”

He continued, “This is the price of freedom. We are only fighting for our land and for our freedom.” Exhaling sharply, he added, “Despite the fact that all our cities are blocked, no one is going to come in and intervene.”

Zelenskyy called Tuesday’s attack in Kharkiv’s main square “frank and undisguised terror” and considered it a war crime. “No one will forgive. No one will forget. »

“Prove that you are with us. Prove that you will not let us go. Prove that you are indeed Europeans, and then life will prevail over death and light will prevail over darkness,” he said. he concluded. “Glory to Ukraine.”

Ukraine’s state emergency service said a Russian missile hit an administrative building in Kharkiv on Tuesday

The address was met with a standing ovation from lawmakers.

Zelenskyy on Monday formally signed a formal application for Ukraine to join the European Union and asked the EU to expedite the application under a special procedure as it defends itself against the invasion by Russian forces. The move was largely symbolic, as Ukraine is a long way from meeting EU membership standards and the bloc is tired of expansion.

But pressure is mounting, with leaders from nine Central and Eastern European countries – Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia – calling on the rest of the EU to immediately begin the process of accession of Ukraine. .

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