Crisis helped Ukraine in finding real friend: Zelensky

Kyiv, March 15 : Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday said in past 20 days the current situation has “allowed us” in finding out who is a real friend. Speaking in an virtual address to Canadian parliament, he said, “I know you support Ukraine. We’ve been friends with you … but also I would like you to understand and I would like you to feel this, what we feel every day. We want to live and we want to be victorious. We want to prevail for the sake of life. “Can you imagine when you called your friends, your friendly nation, and you ask, ‘Please close the sky, close the airspace, please stop the bombing.’ How many more missiles have to fall on our cities until you make this happen? And they … express their deep concerns about the situation. When we talked with our partners, they said, ‘Please, hold on, hold on a little longer.” He further said that the situation in country is in “dire straits, but it also allowed us to see who our real friends are over the last 20 days and as well, eight previous years.” He said, “You’ve offered your help, your assistance, at our earliest request, you supply us with the military assistance, with humanitarian assistance, you imposed severe sanctions, serious sanctions. At the same time, we see that unfortunately, they did not bring the end to the war. “You you all need to do more to stop Russia, to protect Ukraine and by doing that, to protect Europe from Russian threat.” The Ukrainian President urged the Canadian lawmakers to imagine how they would personally react to an invasion of the country’s own cities, CNN reported. He said, “Can you only imagine that on 4:00 a.m., you start hearing bomb explosions, severe explosions? Can you imagine hearing you, your children, hear all of these severe explosions? Bombing of airport? Bombing of Ottawa airport? Tens of other cities of your wonderful country — can you imagine that? “Imagine someone is laying siege to Vancouver. Can you just imagine that for a second? All these people who are left in such city. That is exactly the situation that the city of Mariupol is suffering right now. And they are left without heat or hydro or without means of comm cating, almost without food, without water. “Can you imagine the famous CN Tower in Toronto, if it was hit by Russian bombs? Of course I don’t wish this on anyone, but this is our reality in which we live. “Every night is a horrible night. Russians are shelling from all kinds of artillery, from tanks. They’re hitting civilian infrastructure, they hit buildings. Can you imagine that there is a fire starting at the nuclear power plant? And that’s exactly what happened in our country. Each city, they are marching through, they’re taking down Ukrainian flags. Can you imagine someone taking down your Canadian flags in Montreal and other Canadian cities?” The Canadian lawmakers gave a long standing ovation to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky before he addressed them. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “Your courage and the courage of your people inspires us all. “You’re defending the right of Ukrainians to choose their own future, and in doing so, you’re defending the values that form the pillars of all free democratic countries — freedom, human rights, justice, truth international order.” RNJ

Leave a Comment