LIVE: Volodimir Zelensky speaks before the European Parliament

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The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenskyaddressed the European Parliament this Thursday for his first commitment of his day in Brussels, where he delivered a speech before the plenary session before attending the summit of European leaders.

The president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, received the Ukrainian president at the entrance of the authorities of the Eurochamber, where Zelenski was acclaimed in the street with cheers, before heading towards the chamber.

“This Parliament has been with Ukraine since day one and what we will confirm today is that we will continue to be with Ukraine until victory,” Metsola told reporters shortly before Zelensky’s arrival.

Metsola gave a brief introduction to the extraordinary plenary session before Zelensky delivered a 15-20 minute speech.

It will be the third time that the Ukrainian president addresses the European Parliament since the start of the war, after a speech on March 1 by videoconference a few days after the invasion and another to thank the Sakharov Prize awarded by the institution to the people Ukrainian last December.

In a message on Twitter, Metsola celebrated today that Zelensky “addresses the European people from the house of European democracy” in a day that he called “historic for Europe”.

After his address in the European Parliament, Zelensky will travel to the headquarters of the European Council, where EU leaders hold a summit focused on Ukraine and on economic and migration issues.

This meeting between the Twenty-seven is expected to last an hour and a half and between 12:00 and 14:00 (between 11:00 and 13:00 GMT) there will be time for the European leaders to meet with the Ukrainian president bilaterally.

Zelenski arrives in Brussels after the European tour that began yesterday in the United Kingdom, where he met with the British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, and also delivered a speech in Parliament.

Later he traveled to Paris, where he met with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, whom he asked for more heavy weapons and combat aircraft.

Zelensky flew to Brussels today with Macron, and both were received by the President of the European Council and the President of the Commission, Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen, respectively, at the airport, where Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De croo.

In a tweet, Von der Leyen welcomed the Ukrainian president to the capital that houses the European institutions, where he said, “the heart of the European family, to which Ukraine belongs.”

“We will support Ukraine every step of the way towards our Union,” Von der Leyen added on Twitter.

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