kyiv, Ukraine – A German interpreter responsible for translating Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s speech on live television on Saturday night was so moved by its content that she stopped abruptly before bursting into tears, she said.
Translating for German news service Welt, the translator could be heard choking towards the end of Zelenskyy’s speech, before apologizing, online video showed.
“Russia is on the wrong path. Russia must lose its voice in the UN,” Zelenskyy said, followed by the translator’s interpretation.
Ukraine’s president, whose country suffered countless casualties over days of a Russian invasion, then encouraged his people to remain hopeful in the seemingly dire situation.
“Ukrainians, we know exactly what we stand for. We will definitely win,” added Zelenskyy, as the performer began to crumble. “Glory to each of our soldiers. Glory to Ukraine,” added the Ukrainian president.
“Excuse me,” the interpreter said after a brief pause.
Zelenskyy has refused to leave the capital kyiv, although Russian forces continue to besiege it.
His speech on Saturday referred to many difficulties the Ukrainian people have faced: “Last night was brutal in Ukraine. More shelling, more shelling of residential areas and civilian infrastructure.”
“The people have stood up to defend their state and they have shown their true colors. This is terror. They are going to bomb our Ukrainian cities even more. They are going to kill our children even more insidiously. This is an evil that this is our land and must be destroyed.
“If children are born in shelters, even when the shelling continues, then the enemy has no chance in this – undoubtedly – people’s war,” Zelenskyy added. “To victory! Glory to Ukraine!”