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The Translator For Ukraine’s President Choked Up During His Speech To The European Union

The English-language interpreter for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky got emotional and broke down while translating Zelensky’s speech to the European Parliament.

Zelensky gave his speech at an emergency session of the European Parliament on Monday March 1, a day after Kyiv officially requested to join the bloc. He urged the European Union to show their support and prove they are with Ukraine.

During the address, which the interpreter translated, Zelensky spoke of the two missile attacks on Ukraine’s second largest city Kharkiv the same day.

The opera house, concert hall and government offices were hit in a series of strikes on Freedom Square, the largest city-center square in Ukraine.

A clip of the interpreter translating Zelensky’s speech has since gone viral on Twitter, gaining more than 1.6 million views.

“This morning was a very tragic one for us,” Zelensky said in his speech.

“Can you imagine this morning two cruise missiles hit this Freedom Square, dozens killed,” Zelensky said. “This is the price of freedom.”

“We are fighting,” the translator can be heard saying shakily, with his voice full of emotion.

“Just for our land. And for our freedom,” he said, exhaling sharply.

“Despite the fact that all of the cities in our country are blocked, nobody is going to enter and intervene,” he said while choking up.

“Nobody is going to break us. We are strong. We are Ukrainians. We have a desire to see our children alive. I think it’s a fair one,” Zelensky said.

At least 10 people were killed from the attacks, and 35 more were injured, according to local authorities, BBC reported.

Russia has been bombarding Kharkiv in the past few days, killing 16 people before the attacks on Tuesday.

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