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Zelensky calls on Europeans with ‘combat experience’ to fight for Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the nation in Kyiv, Ukraine, on February 24, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the nation in Kyiv, Ukraine, on February 24, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky calls on Europeans with “combat experience” to take up arms and defend Ukraine against invading Russian forces.

“If you have combat experience in Europe and do not want to look at the indecision of politicians, you can come to our country and join us in defending Europe, where it is very necessary now,” Zelensky, who appears tired, says in a video.

Speaking on the second day of the attack launched by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Zelensky also asks Europeans to “demand from your governments that Ukraine receive more financial, more military aid.”

The 44-year-old leader also says the West is in no hurry to help Ukraine against the Russian invasion.

“How are you going to defend yourself when you are so slowly helping us in Ukraine?” he says. “State institutions in Europe are not in a hurry with really strong decisions.”

Zelensky demands that Europe go further and “act without delay.”

“Europe has enough strength to stop this aggression,” he says. “Cancellation of visas for Russians? Disconnect from SWIFT? Complete isolation of Russia? Recall of ambassadors? Oil embargo? Closing the sky? Today, all this must be on the table.”

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