‘Europe is no longer a continent of peace’


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the French parliament that Europe is a continent at war and that Russia will not stop its aggression on his country’s borders.

“We live in a time when Europe, unfortunately, is no longer a continent of peace,” Zelensky said in a speech to French parliamentarians on Friday morning.

“Once again Europe’s cities are being destroyed and villages are being burned down,” he said of the Russian bombing of Ukraine. He also denounced the kidnapping of Ukrainian children in occupied territories.

“This is now against Ukraine. But this could be aimed at other countries tomorrow, and we already see clearly the direction of the aggression – the Baltic countries, Poland, the Balkans,” he said.

“The Russian regime sees no borders and even Europe is no longer enough,” Zelensky said, pointing to Russian military actions in Syria and Moscow’s growing footprint in Africa’s Sahel region.

Zelensky said Russian President Vladimir Putin is also trying to “weaken” countries through food and energy insecurity.

He said the world has been too “scared” to respond strongly to Putin.

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