Volodymyr Zelensky makes historic speech to UK MPs - and people were left in tears

Volodymyr Zelensky makes historic speech to UK MPs - and people were left in tears
Ukraine's President Zelensky receives standing ovation from House of Commons

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered his speech to the UK MPs about Russia's war against the country - and it left people in tears.

On Tuesday, Zelensky said the following to parliament: "We do not want to lose what we have, what is ours, our country Ukraine – just the same as you did not want to lose your country when the Nazis started to fight your country and you had to fight for Britain."

Zelensky also referenced a wartime speech from former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, which was heartbreaking yet inspirational.

"We will not give up, and we will not lose.

"We will fight to the end in the sea, in the air. We will fight for our land, whatever the costs.

"We will fight in the forests, in the fields, on the shores, in the streets," he said.

Sign up to our new free Indy100 weekly newsletter

The president also addressed Prime Minister Boris Johnson directly and said: "I'm very grateful to you, Boris ... please increase the pressure of sanctions, and please recognise this country [Russia] as a terrorist state, and please make sure our Ukrainian skies are safe."

Afterwards, the speech to the Commons was met with standing ovations before and after from MPs, and Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle gave kudos to the "courage" of Zelensky and the people of Ukraine.

People immediately took to Twitter to address their sorrow while making the sentiments that the people of the country would remain in their prayers.

"@ZelenskyyUa Ukraine! Ukraine!Ukraine!! I watched your address to the house of Commons from the USA. Brought tears to my eyes. I'm praying for Ukraine. #Ukraine," one wrote.

“Watching @ZelenskyyUa address the commons was such a hard thing to watch. There was not one person in my workplace that didn’t have tears. I think the words echoed across the country and the world #WeStandWithUkraine,” another added.

A third wrote: “Having just watched president Zelensky address the House of Commons, had me in tears. I feel useless. My heart breaks for them. #IStandWithUkriane.”

See other reactions below:

The historic address came shortly after Johnson’s government announced that the UK will cease the import of Russian oil and oil products by the end of 2022.

The Independent has a proud history of campaigning for the rights of the most vulnerable, and we first ran our Refugees Welcome campaign during the war in Syria in 2015. Now, as we renew our campaign and launch this petition in the wake of the unfolding Ukrainian crisis, we are calling on the government to go further and faster to ensure help is delivered. To find out more about our Refugees Welcome campaign, click here. To sign the petition click here. If you would like to donate then please click here for our GoFundMe page.

The Conversation (0)