Tbilisi, Georgia – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday urged European protesters not to remain silent in the face of Russia’s war on his country.
“Take to the streets to show your support for Ukraine’s struggle and businesses,” he said in a videoconference speech to pro-Ukrainian rallies in seven different European capitals, including Tbilisi in Georgia, Paris and Lyon in France, Bratislava in Slovakia, Frankfurt in Germany, Vilnius in Lithuania and Prague in the Czech Republic.
Stressing that Ukraine’s struggle is important for Europe, Zelenskyy said the country’s victory would be a victory for the free world.
It would be the victory of light over darkness and freedom over slavery, he said.
“If we win, we will be as prosperous as Europe. And Europe will be more peaceful thanks to this glorious victory,” Zelenskyy said.
Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili reiterated her support for Ukraine during her speech at the rally in the capital, Tbilisi, via video conference.
“It is an honor for Georgia to stand alongside Ukraine which is now fighting for freedom, independence and the future of Europe,” she said.
Following Ukraine’s accelerated application for European Union (EU) membership on Tuesday, Georgia submitted its application on Wednesday.
Georgians have held rallies in the capital and other cities since Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24.
The attacks sparked international outrage, with the EU, UK and US implementing a series of economic sanctions against Russia.
According to United Nations (UN) figures, at least 331 civilians have been killed and 675 injured in Ukraine since the start of the war.
More than 1.2 million people have also fled to neighboring countries, according to the UN refugee agency.
During Thursday’s second round of peace talks between Moscow and Kyiv, the two sides agreed to create humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians and deliveries of food and medicine. (Anadolu)