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Ukraine President Zelenskyy Garners Standing Ovation in Impassioned Speech to EU

The Ukrainian president’s comments came one day after he applied for EU membership and requested that the allies quickly admit Ukraine to its ranks.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen applauds after an address by Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, via video link, 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, at the European Parliament in Brussels, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy received a standing ovation from world leaders Tuesday after he delivered an impassioned speech to the European Union as Russian forces continue to strike.

Zelenskyy pleaded with the 27-nation alliance to grant Kyiv membership and view Ukraine as a nation that stands “equal” to its European allies. 

“We have proven that at a minimum, we are exactly the same as you are,” he said during an emergency session of the EU parliament. “Prove that you are with us. Prove that you will not let us go.

“Prove that you indeed are Europeans,” he continued. “Life will win over death, and light will win over darkness.”

Zelenskyy’s impassioned words were met with a lengthy standing ovation from the EU-nation leaders.

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