Russia, a country that has been exporting terrorism, horrors, and suffering all around the globe for at least a full century now, has finally been declared what it is – a terrorist state.
This was done by no other than Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the courageous, lionhearted leader of Ukraine, the nation in a life and death struggle with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.
Zelenskyy declared Russia a “terrorist state” in a video posted online.
He elaborated on his nation’s fight for freedom on Tuesday in an impassioned speech he gave remotely to members of the European Parliament, the legislature of the European Union.
Inflicting Staggering Losses upon the Russian Aggressors
His video address and the European Parliament speech came just as the Ukrainian Defense Ministry announced the staggering losses that Ukraine’s military and civilian forces managed to inflict upon the Russian invaders.
Ukrainians have killed 5,710 Russian soldiers and captured more than 200 others. The Ukrainian forces also managed to destroy 29 Russian military planes, 29 attack helicopters, 198 tanks, and 846 other armored vehicles, such as BMPs, rocket launchers, or trucks.
At the same time, the Russian forces are subjecting Kyiv and Kharkiv to heavy shelling and bombardment, including civilian targets such as hospitals and schools, which is technically a war crime.
Zelinsky full 6 minute touching moving speech to European
Parliament. A lesson on speechmaking for Joe Biden! https://t.co/XK6QC2TkML
— Dan Bloom: (@do_you_cli_fi_) March 1, 2022
❗️ The #Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry reports that five people died in the attack on the TV tower. Among them were no employees of the tower, but civilians. pic.twitter.com/DOKaZQA1eh
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) March 1, 2022
#Ukraine 🇺🇦: intense shelling on Saltivka, a northeastern neighborhood of #Kharkiv tonight.
The Russian invasion force won't give the city and its a people a moment of rest. pic.twitter.com/QRmjTwgTjL
— Thomas van Linge (@ThomasVLinge) March 1, 2022
The shelves inside the shops are now bare. Without supply lines, grocery stores can no longer restock. Ukraine’s allies must act fast to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in Kyiv. pic.twitter.com/bi02WcYBzl
— Oz Katerji (@OzKaterji) March 1, 2022
#Ukraine 🇺🇦: people in #Odessa are collecting bags of sands to use for the barricades, defending the city. pic.twitter.com/eW8wJVYo0d
— Thomas van Linge (@ThomasVLinge) March 1, 2022
Ukrainians Sacrificing for Values, Rights, Freedom
Zelenskyy lambasted “terrorist state” Russia in particular for the bombardment of the city administration in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city.
The Ukrainian president said the shelling of Kharkiv was nothing but “open, undisguised terror” on part of Putin, and stated Ukraine will never forgive or forget that.
In a previous video address, Zelenskyy already accused Putin of committing war crimes. He vowed there will be an international tribunal for all the war crimes and other violations of international law committed by Russia in its unprovoked attack of Ukraine.
Speaking in a direct online address to the European Parliament, the plucky Ukrainian leader called upon the European Union, the club of 27 wealthy, democratic European nations to admit Ukraine.
While the process of admission into the EU usually takes many years of formal negotiations, Ukraine hadn’t even been recognized as a candidate country by the European Union.
However, later on Tuesday, EU officials declared the candidate status has been granted in a move which is certain to infuriate Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.
In his speech to the EU Parliament, Zelenskyy declared he and his nation are living out every single day as if it is their last day. Ukrainians are sacrificing their lives “for values, rights, and freedoms” that Europeans and Westerners already enjoy.
He said Ukraine would be alone if it’s not accepted in the EU, and concluded his impassionate speech by raising his fist in the air.
🔴 Putin's war on CHILDREN
Russian missile strike on KINDERGARTEN kills six youngsters
UKRAINE LATEST: https://t.co/oo5AB4YRVe pic.twitter.com/ThQJjAk7Xl
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) March 1, 2022
Many children in Ukraine have been sheltering in basements and subway stations since the war began last week. Others have scrambled to escape with their families, leaving behind their homes and fathers. Some have been injured or killed in the conflict. https://t.co/5m6nhdejtc pic.twitter.com/mgo1MbwvEI
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 1, 2022
Ukraine accused Russia of "state terrorism" over the shelling of Kharkiv, where dozens of civilians have reportedly been killed.
The International Criminal Court is investigating allegations of war crimes. pic.twitter.com/oIM9J6iTLP
— DW News (@dwnews) March 1, 2022
.@RepSpartz: "This is not a war. This is a genocide of the Ukrainian people by a crazy man."
She notes that her grandmother, who is in Ukraine now, says, "Don't cry. We are not crying here. We're going to fight, but just give us some guns, so we don't fight with sticks." pic.twitter.com/0vw5hfNHmQ
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 1, 2022
Today the EU and Ukraine are already closer than ever.
There is still a long path ahead. We have to end this war. And we should talk about the next steps.
But nobody can doubt that a people that stands up so bravely for our European values belongs in our European family. pic.twitter.com/AeZBy0gvw5
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) March 1, 2022