Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the European Parliament to accept Ukraine’s application to join the European Union in a speech on Tuesday that was met with a standing ovation.
"We desire to see our children alive. I think it's a fair one."
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was met with a standing ovation from the European Parliament after a powerful speech that caused the EU translator on the English language feed to choke up with emotion. pic.twitter.com/kTlBGO6GEq
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The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Tuesday calling on the European Union institutions “to work towards granting” Ukraine the status of EU candidate country, it said in a statement.
The resolution, which also demanded the EU to impose “tougher sanctions” on Russia, was voted in favor by 637 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). It condemned “in the strongest possible terms Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and demands that the Kremlin end all military activities in the country.”
The members also stressed that the EU’s financial sanctions against Russia should go further, stating that “all Russian banks should be blocked from the European financial system and Russia should be banned from the SWIFT system.”
The EU has officially welcomed Ukraine’s application to join — with the European Parliament's president saying they'll work with Ukraine toward that goal.
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European Parliament gives standing ovation to welcome the ambassador of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people in attendance as they debate the Russian invasionhttps://t.co/3W2pDwAFzi pic.twitter.com/TgLS20Wsig
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