Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has appealed again to EU lawmakers to allow Ukraine to join the 27-member bloc, APA reports citing CNBC.
“We are fighting for our rights, for our freedom, for our lives, and now we are fighting for our survival,” Zelenskyy said in a video link address to the European Parliament on Tuesday. “We have a desire to see our children alive — it is a fair one.”
The Ukrainian leader said 16 children had been killed in the conflict on Monday.
“We also fight to be equal members of Europe, and I believe that today we demonstrate to everybody that we are Europeans and together with us, the EU will be stronger,” he said.
“Without [the EU] Ukraine will be alone,” Zelenskyy added. “We proved that we are strong, we proved that we are at least the same as Europe. Please prove you are together with us, and then life will conquer death.”
Zelenskyy said that while he was happy to see European officials united against the Russian attack on Ukraine, his country was still suffering “tragedy” and “shellings all the time.”
But he was defiant, adding: “Despite the fact that all our largest cities are blocked, nobody shall occupy our country. Nobody will break us because we are Ukrainians.”
Members of the European Parliament gave Zelenskyy a standing ovation after his address.