Last week Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy addressed members of the Council of Europe. He thanked for the help of the European countries but mentioned some that still do not support 100 PC all Ukrainian demands. Among these, he talked about, for example, Portugal and Germany. But he attacked verbally only PM Viktor Orbán’s Hungary. The president said Orbán has to decide who he stands with. Zelenskiy suggested he was pro-Russian in the ongoing war. Yesterday he criticized the Orbán cabinet addressing the Danish parliament
The Russian Federation invaded Ukraine on February 24. Despite the Kremlin’s expectations, Ukrainians did not surrender but fought back hard. Their president, the former actor and TV star Volodymyr Zelenskiy addressed many parliaments and institutions, including the Council of Europe, the US Congress and the Israeli parliament.
Yesterday he talked to Danish MPs who listened to his speech in the Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen. The president started with the horrors Ukrainian citizens experienced because of the Russian attack. He especially highlighted the sufferings of the residents of the besieged and almost destroyed Mariupol. Zelenskiy talked about Russian war crimes and stressed the EU should impose harsher sanctions against Moscow to stop the Kremlin’s war machine.
He accused Russians of looting, deporting people to Russia by force, raping women and underage girls.
He said the invaders had already taken more than 2,000 children to Russia.
“Sanctions against Russia must be strengthened. Constantly. We need to give up Russian oil, we need to block trade with the Russian Federation, we need to close ports for Russian ships. And this must be the solidarity policy of the European Union, of all the member states” – he said. He praised Denmark as the country from where the basic principles of the European Union, the Copenhagen criteria come from.
He said there could be no Russian branches in Europe that split the European Union inside out. He said these branches help Russia to make as much money as possible. “Everyone knows very well who in the European Union opposes humanity and common sense. Who does nothing at all to help establish peace in Ukraine. This must stop, and
Europe must stop listening to any excuses from official Budapest.
I am grateful for Denmark for its principled position” – he added. Finally, he invited Danish companies, knowledge, people to rebuild Ukraine after the war.
Later, he stressed again on his Telegram channel that the EU must extend the sanctions against Russia. Everybody has to give up Russian oil, nobody should trade with Moscow, and all ports must be closed for Russian ships – blikk.hu reported.
As we reported before, this is not the first time the Ukrainian president slammed the Hungarian government. After the Ukrainian president attacked him last week, Orbán said in an interview that Hungary was doing what it could.
“But we can’t be expected to ruin ourselves…”
The prime minister insisted that Zelenskiy had addressed others besides himself at the recent summit, and “attacked anyone he considered was lacking in commitment” in defending Ukraine. Orbán said Ukraine had an interest in involving “as many countries as possible” in the war, “so we must absolutely make clear that we will not take part in the war”.
“Our moral responsibility is not for Ukraine but for our own people.”
Hungary, he said, was providing Ukraine all the aid it could, but the government refused to do anything that would “ruin the community of the nation”.
Here is Zelenskiy’s full yesterday speech with English subscription:
Source: Blikk, Youtube, DNH