by islander on March 1, 2022 6:26 am
"Representatives from Europe and other allies walked out during a video link address by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. Conversely, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was met with a standing ovation from diplomats as he addressed the European Parliament. His translator was visibly struggling to contain their emotions.
Trying to transcribe the entire thing but Zelensky is shooting from the hip and the translator is trying to adjust in real-time without getting choked up.
"We are giving away our best people ... This morning was a tragic one for us. Two cruise missiles hit the largest square in our country, Freedom Square in Kharkiv. Dozens killed by two Cruise missiles. Every square will be called Freedom Square today. We are fighting for our land and for our freedom despite this . Nobody is going to break us. We have a desire to see our children alive. Yesterday 15 children were killed. Putin says he was responding to an attack; how many of those children were throwing grenades? How many children were launching Cruise missiles? Our people are very much motivated, we are fighting for our rights, for our freedoms, for our lives, and now we are fighting for survival. This is the highest of our motivation. We are also fighting to be equal members of Europe. I believe that today we are showing everybody that the European union is much stronger with us, that's for sure. Without you, Ukraine is going to be lonely--lonesome. We have proven our strength. We have proven that we are exactly the same as you are. So prove that you are with us, do prove that you will not let us go, do prove that you are indeed European. And then life will win over death and light will win over darkness. Glory be to Ukraine."
by Donna on March 1, 2022 10:29 am
I think that NATO should call Putin's bluff and unleash hell on the Russian forces in Ukraine. And then after the Russian occupation in Ukraine has been driven out of the country, the free nations of the world should concentrate their efforts and put the Russian wanna-be empire out of business for good.