Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday urged “more sanctions, more pressure” against Russia as the war keeps on ravaging Ukraine.
“The Ukraine people supported you during the pandemic. We sent you doctors, and the Italians helped us during the flood (of 2020),” Zelensky said.
Zelensky told the Italian lawmakers that the Russian invaders of his country were guilty of crimes like those committed by the Nazis.
“In Kyiv they torture, they rape, they kidnap children, they destroy and they take away our assets in trucks,” Zelensky said.
“The last time this was done in Europe was by the Nazis. “The Russian army has even mined the sea near to our ports. “This is a danger to countries close to us too”. Zelensky said that “our people has become the army”.
He said Ukraine “has seen the evil the enemy brings, how much devastation it leaves and how much blood it sheds” as he told lawmakers about what he had reported to Pope Francis in telephone conversation earlier on Tuesday.
“Glory to Ukraine and thanks to Italy,” Zelensky concluded before receiving a standing ovation from the hemicycle, which applauded his speech.
After Zelenksy, Council President Draghi took the floor. “Today Ukraine is not only defending itself but also our peace, freedom and security,” he said. “Italy wants Ukraine to be part of the European Union. Italy wants Ukraine in the European Union”.