Each country has its historical moment, its history of heroism, a moment of unity in the face of adversity: the Ukrainian president, Volodomir Zelensky, has referred to them in each of the messages that you have addressed to the various national parliaments that have invited you.
Volodymyr Zelensky, who with his oratory he has become a cornerstone of the Ukrainian defense, He has participated via videoconference in the parliaments of more than ten countries, since his first intervention in the European Parliament on March 1.
This Tuesday he intervenes before the Plenary Session of the Congress of Deputies of Spain, also electronically. These have been his most mediatic interventions and the specific messages he has directed:
UNITED KINGDOM (March 8, 2022): He compared the Ukrainian defense with that made by England in World War II against Nazi Germany: “You did not want to lose your country when the Nazis wanted to take it from you. You fought for it.”
CANADA (March 15): “I want you to understand my feelings and that of all Ukrainians during the last 20 days.” “Can you imagine Toronto’s famous CN Tower attacked by Russian bombs? Of course I don’t wish this on anyone, but it is our reality,” he said.
UNITED STATES (March 16): Before the US Congress, Zelensky recalled the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 – which precipitated the US entry into World War II – and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. “We need them now,” he said. “Remember Pearl Harbor, the terrible morning of December 7, 1941, when your sky was black from planes attacking you, just remember it. Remember September 11, a terrible day in 2001, when evil tried to turn the territories independent of your city on battlefields, when innocent people were attacked from the air,” he said.
GERMANY (March 17): Before the German Bundestag he reproached Germany for having prioritized the economy and the supply of Russian gas, while warning that with the invasion of his country, Moscow is “building a new wall” between “freedom and lack of freedom”. “Each bomb that falls, each decision that is not adopted is a stone with which that wall is built.”
ISRAEL (March 20): Zelenski, of Jewish origin, evoked World War II and the horror of the Holocaust on March 20 to demand stronger support from Israel for Ukraine. “Listen to what the Kremlin says, they are the same words, the same terminology that the Nazis used against you,” he appealed to the Knesset.
JAPAN (March 23): He intervened by videoconference before the Japanese Parliament and warned of the possibility of Moscow resorting to chemical weapons, having already used the Chernobyl nuclear plant “as a battlefield.” He recalled that this nuclear power plant was the scene of the worst nuclear accident in history in 1986, followed by the Japanese Fukushima accident in 2011.
FRANCE (March 20): In his speech before the French National Assembly, Zelenski assured that the Russians “destroy everything and have established terror on Ukrainian soil.” “The ruins of Mariupol and other Ukrainian cities are reminiscent of the ruins of Verdun that we have all seen in photographs of the First World War,” he added, referring to the largest battle of that conflict, in which 250,000 people died.
NETHERLANDS (March 31): The president of Ukraine recalled in his telematic speech before parliament the bombings of the port of Rotterdam in 1940, during World War II, whose “shadow”, he said, “hangs over European cities”. He also cited the tragedy of MH17, the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down in eastern Ukraine in 2014.
Zelensky also referred to the 450th anniversary of the Netherlands uprising “against tyranny”. “This is fundamental to your society. That is history, a legacy. They did it 450 years ago, but now I talk about it as if it were today. Why was the Netherlands founded? For freedom, democracy, religious diversity. Thus began the road to a united Europe,” he said.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.