Zelensky urges Germany to tear down the new “Wall” in Europe which

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky today urged Germany to tear down the new ‘wall’ in Europe which is ‘widening with every Russian bomb’.

In an emotional speech to parliament, Zelensky also accused Germany of putting its economy ahead of its country’s security as the Russian invasion approaches.

“It’s not a Berlin Wall – it’s a wall in central Europe between freedom and slavery and that wall is getting bigger with every bomb” dropped on Ukraine, he told MPs.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky today urged Germany to tear down the new ‘wall’ in Europe which is ‘widening with every Russian bomb’ in a moving speech to the country’s parliament. Pictured: Zelensky is greeted with a permanent invasion in Berlin

Appearing on a screen with his khaki t-shirt and dark circles under his eyes, Zelensky was greeted by Bundestag MPs with a standing ovation.

In a speech steeped in historic imagery of Germany’s triumph over its Cold War divide, Zelensky addressed German Chancellor Olaf Scholz directly with a call for greater solidarity with Ukraine.

“Dear Mr. Scholz, tear down this wall,” he implored, referring to US President Ronald Reagan’s 1987 appeal to Berlin.

“Give Germany the leadership role you deserve in Germany.”

However, he paired his flattery with a strong rebuke of Berlin’s years-long reluctance to stand up to Moscow and sever its energy and trade ties with Russia.

He pointed to Germany’s hesitation when it came to imposing some of the toughest sanctions on Russia for fear it would hurt the German economy.

“We turned to you,” he said. “We told you that Nord Stream (gas pipelines) was a kind of preparation for war.”

“And the answer we got was purely economic – it’s economy, economy, economy, but it was the mortar of the new wall.”

Pictured: Zelensky is seen on screen in his trademark khaki t-shirt as he was greeted by Bundestag MPs with a standing ovation on March 17 in Berlin

Pictured: Zelensky is seen on screen in his trademark khaki t-shirt as he was greeted by Bundestag MPs with a standing ovation on March 17 in Berlin

Zelensky referred to a missile hit at a theater in Mariupol yesterday (pictured) which served as a shelter for civilians  The Mariupol mayor's office said a bomb shelter at the theater had

Zelensky referred to a missile hit at a theater in Mariupol yesterday (pictured) which served as a shelter for civilians The Mariupol mayor’s office said a bomb shelter at the theater had ‘stood through’ and there were survivors, but details of the casualties were still not known.

Zelensky also called for more help for his country, saying thousands of people have been killed in the war that began nearly a month ago, including 108 children.

Referring to the dire situation in the besieged city of Mariupol, he said: “Everything is a target for them, including a theater where hundreds of people took refuge which was razed yesterday.”

The comment came after an official from the Mariupol mayor’s office said a bomb shelter at the theater had ‘withstood’ and there were survivors, but details of the casualties were still not known. .

Russia denied hitting the theatre, which commercial satellite imagery showed had the word “children” marked on the ground in front before it was blown up.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 has led to an overhaul of key elements of Germany’s energy, economic and security policy – some of them dating back to the end of World War II.

He froze the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, joined his allies in imposing punitive sanctions on Ukraine and pledged to massively increase defense spending while scrapping an arms export ban. to conflict areas in order to help Ukraine.

Germany has also said it aims to be almost free of Russian oil imports by the end of this year, although it still remains heavily dependent on Russian gas.

In a speech steeped in historic imagery of Germany's triumph over its Cold War divide, Zelensky addressed German Chancellor Olaf Scholz directly (pictured listening to Zelensky's speech on Thursday) with a call for greater solidarity with Ukraine.

In a speech steeped in historic imagery of Germany’s triumph over its Cold War divide, Zelensky addressed German Chancellor Olaf Scholz directly (pictured listening to Zelensky’s speech on Thursday) with a call for greater solidarity with Ukraine.

However, Berlin has resisted an outright halt to Russian energy imports, warning it would lead to winter shortages and boost inflation, creating potential instability in Europe’s biggest economy.

Zelensky stressed that the future of the continent was at stake in the current war and argued that governments across the West were failing to respond at the moment.

“Every year politicians say ‘never again,'” the Ukrainian leader said, referring to annual Holocaust commemorations.

“And now we see that those words just don’t mean anything. A people is being destroyed in Europe,” he said, noting that 108 children had been killed in his country since the start of the Russian offensive.

“Help us stop this war.”

Despite his scathing criticism, MPs again gave Zelensky a standing ovation after his 15-minute speech and Scholz, in a tweet, thanked him for his “powerful words”.

“We see that Russia continues to wage its cruel war every day, with horrific losses,” he said.

“We feel compelled to do everything we can so that diplomacy has a chance and the war can be stopped.”

Russian forces in Ukraine are blowing up towns and killing civilians but making no further progress on the ground, Western nations said on Thursday, as a war Moscow had hoped to win in days entered its fourth week.

Pictured: A member of the Ukrainian army inspects an area next to a residential building which was hit by an intercepted missile, as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine on March 17 2022

Pictured: A member of the Ukrainian army inspects an area next to a residential building which was hit by an intercepted missile, as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine on March 17 2022

Viacheslav Chaus, governor of Chernihiv, a northern town that has been heavily shelled, said 53 civilians had been killed there in the past 24 hours. The toll could not be independently verified.

Although both sides pointed to limited progress in peace talks this week, President Vladimir Putin, who ordered the February 24 invasion of Russia, has shown few signs of letting up.

In a slanderous televised speech, he railed against “traitors and scum” at home who helped the West, and said the Russian people would spit them out like gnats.

kyiv and its Western allies believe Russia launched the unprovoked war to subjugate a neighbor Putin calls an artificial state carved out of Russia. Moscow says it is carrying out a “special operation” to disarm and “denazify” it.

Vastly outnumbered Ukrainian forces have so far prevented Moscow from capturing one of Ukraine’s biggest cities despite the biggest assault on a European state since World War II.

More than 3 million Ukrainians fled and thousands of civilians and combatants died.