By Robert Haile
President Zelensky said Ukraine’s struggle against Russian echoes Britain’s against the Nazis in WWII in his address to the UK.
Speaking via live stream to the House of Commons the Ukrainian President he didn’t want to lose his country and would fight like Britain once didn’t
He said: “I would like to tell you about the 13 days of war we didn’t start. We do not want to lose what is our, our country, Ukraine, just the same as you once didn’t want to lose your country when Nazis started to fight your country and you had to fight for Britain.”
In the historic address – Zelenskyy being the first foreign leader to speak to the Commons – the President was on a life stream from Ukraine as Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the speaker of the House, brought the screens back into the chamber for the first time since the pandemic and isolation rules.
Zelenskyy gave a day-by-day account – day one through 13 – of the war from the day Russian started shelling and invading Ukraine until today.
He accounted how 50 children had died in Mariupol when they ‘could have lived’
“These are the children who could have lived,” he said. “But these people have taken them away from us.”
He called the Russians ‘beasts’ as he spoke of the destruction to cities, hospitals, homes and even the Babyn Yar holocaust memorial.
Eventually the former comedian and actor spoke of the famous Shakespearean quote saying it was a question facing Ukraine he could now answer.
“‘To be or not to be’ – and for 13 days this question could have been asked but now I can give you a definitive answer, it is yes, ‘to be’.”
Zelenskyy then fully likened Ukraine’s situation to that of Britain in WWII as he paraphrased Winston Churchill’s famous wartime speech.
He said: “I would like to remind you of the words the United Kingdom have already heard which are important again.
“We will not give up, and we will not lose, we will fight until the end, in the sea and in the air, we will continue fighting for our land whatever the cost.
“We will fight in the forests, in the fields, on the shores, in the streets.”
Both the Prime Minister and the leader of the opposition responded to Zelenskyy’s address.
Boris Johnson promised to use kevery method – diplomatic, humanitarian and economic – until Vladimir Putin has failed in this disastrous venture and Ukraine is free once more’.
Johnson added: “Never before, in all our centuries of parliamentary democracy, has the House listened to such an address.”
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer added: “No one would have blamed him for fleeing.”
Then said the Ukrainian president has prompted the world into action, ‘where too often we have let Putin have his way’.