‘Prove you’re with Ukraine': Zelenskyy in address to European Parliament on Russian attack

Updated on Mar 01, 2022 06:53 PM IST

European Parliament president Roberta Metsola announcement on Twitter earlier in the day that the European Union will adopt a resolution following the meeting.

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen applauds after an address by Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, via video link, during an extraordinary session on Ukraine at the European Parliament in Brussels, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen applauds after an address by Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, via video link, during an extraordinary session on Ukraine at the European Parliament in Brussels, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday addressed the European Parliament as the Russian invasion of his country enters its sixth day. Zelenskyy along with Ukrainian parliament speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk delivered a speech during an extraordinary session of the European Parliament.

Zelenskyy received a standing ovation after his address at the session. He told the European Union (EU) to “prove” they are with Ukraine, according to AFP.

He further stated that Ukrainians are fighting “for their land” and “their freedom” despite all cities of the country blocked due to the approaching Russian troops from different sides.

Earlier in the day, European Parliament's President Roberta Metsola took to Twitter to announce that following a debate titled ‘Russian aggression against Ukraine’, it will adopt a resolution.

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“We are witnessing an invasion of a sovereign and independent state. Freedom and values are at stake. We need to stand up and not look away,” she wrote on the micro-blogging site.

European Council president Charles Michel, European Commission chief Ursual Von der Leyen, and EU high representative Josep Borrell Fontelles are also attending the meeting.

Russia's military offensive entered the sixth day on Tuesday, with severe bombardment defining it. Residential buildings were targetted by Russian missiles in Kharkiv, one of the most-affected cities in the east European nation.

The United Nations said at least 136 civilians have been killed, including 13 children since Russian President Vladimir Putin declared war - a term he refuses to accept - in Ukraine last week. Additionally, about 400 people have been injured in the European country, with several thousands getting displaced.

UN human rights office (OHCHR) spokesperson Liz Throssel said the real toll is expected to spike, adding a total of 253 casualties have been reported in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions -- the breakaway and separatist regions in eastern Ukraine with close ties to Russia.

Ceasefire talks between the delegations of Russia and Ukraine concluded on Monday along the Belarusian border with plans on another meeting soon. Zelenskyy, meanwhile, has signed the application for Ukraine's EU membership, a move aimed at bolstering the country's connection with the West.

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