The Ukrainian President addressed the Belgian Federal Parliament. We know that Volodymyr Zelensky likes to give each country a special mention. He targeted in particular the Russian diamonds of Antwerp.
“There are some for whom Russian diamonds, sometimes sold in Antwerp, are more important. For whom accepting Russian boats and the income from these boats is more important than our struggle.”
Facing the Belgians, the Ukrainian president made reference to Belgium during the First World War, with the Battle of Ypres, in a comparison with Mariupol, city besieged by the Russians and which he describes as “hell on earth, one of the most horrible places in Europe”. And sent a spade on the Antwerp diamond trade.
“I would like to ask you today: what are they hoping for, these defenders of Mariupol and other cities of Ukraine, where there are battles no less terrible than the battle of Ypres – and it is perhaps even worse in Mariupol… What are they waiting for?” Volodymyr Zelensky continued: “One gets the impression that the Europeans do not have enough courage when Ukraine has already given thousands of lives to defend security in Europe.”
As expected, the Ukrainian President also pointed russian diamonds. “We are fighting against the tyranny which wants to divide Europe, which wants to destroy those for whom freedom is very important. But there are those for whom Russian diamonds, sometimes sold at Antwerpare more important. For whom accepting Russian ships and the income from these ships is more important than our struggle.”
“No one has enough determination to help us stop the catastrophe.”
Ukrainian President regretted lack of western support to help his country drive out the invader. “No one has enough determination to help us stop the catastrophe.”
In his conclusion, Zelensky hammered again: “I think that peace is more valuable than diamonds than agreements with Russia, than Russian ships in ports, than Russian oil and gas. So, help us: armaments, sanctions, the possibility of becoming a member of the European Union…“
Prime Minister Alexander De Croo replied to Volodymyr Zelensky that the Belgian army had ordered new weapons for Ukraine. He promised her accelerated economic integration of Ukraine and Europe. He showed confidence in the diplomatic talks. And assured that Europe would be at the forefront of the reconstruction of Ukraine, with a European Marshall Plan for Ukraine. “Ukraine will win and eventually freedom will prevail. Keep the faith!” he launched to the president dressed, as usual, in a khaki T-shirt.
Zelensky’s historical references
Facing the French deputies, he had already slipped in a reference to war, slipping that the Ukrainian battlefields reminded him of Verdun.
To the elected Americans, he had reminded: “Remember wearing pearls. That terrible morning when your sky was darkened by the planes attacking you. remember of September 11, that terrible day in 2001, when the Devil tried to turn your cities into a battlefield. I need you to protect our skies. I need your help.”
Before the Knesset, Volodymyr Zelensky spoke about the “final solution” carried out by Russia against his country, comparing it to the Holocaust, the genocide of the Jews during the Second World War.
Facing the British Parliament, the Ukrainian president had walked in the footsteps of Winston Churchill who, during his speech in June 1940said: “We don’t give up to any of our legitimate claims; we don’t back down an inch, not an iota.” Zelensky’s version in 2022 gives: “We won’t give up and we won’t lose. We will fight to the end, at sea, in the air. We will continue to fight for our land, at all costs, in the forests, in the fields, on the banks, in the streets.” The President of Ukraine also referred to Shakespeare: “To be or not to be? For Ukraine, well, that’s definitely being.”