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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday called on German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to “destroy” a wall that separates Europe, drawing a parallel between the Berlin Wall during the Cold War and Ukraine’s current position outside the EU. European Union and NATO.

Speaking to German lawmakers via video link, Zelensky said: “We are separated by a wall. It’s not a Berlin wall, it’s a wall in the middle of Europe between freedom and servitude, and this wall grows bigger with each bomb that falls on Ukraine, with each decision that is not taken for peace and who could help us. Why does this happen?”

Zelensky compared the Berlin airlift during the Cold War to the current situation in Ukraine, saying: “The airspace was safe then, but now we can’t build an airlift because Russian bombs and missiles are falling. of the sky.

Earlier in his address to the German Bundestag on Thursday, the Ukrainian president also explicitly referred to the post-Holocaust motto: “never again.”

“Every year, politicians never say that again. Now I see that these words mean nothing. In Europe, a people is being destroyed,” Zelensky said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky receives standing ovations before addressing the German Bundestag via live video March 17 in Berlin, Germany. (Hannibal Hanschke/Getty Images)

A bit of context: The appeal to German lawmakers is Zelensky’s last speech to a Western parliament, following speeches via video link to the US Congress, the UK House of Commons and others. In each speech, he tailored references to his audience, such as quoting Pearl Harbor and 9/11 to Americans and echoing Winston Churchill to Britons.

“We asked what Ukraine could do to join NATO, to guarantee its security and we were told that the decision was not yet on the table,” Zelensky told the Bundestag, adding that refusing to let Ukraine joining the EU was like new bricks. added to the wall.

Zelensky also condemned German companies for having close ties with Russia, adding that the economic sanctions were implemented too late.

He acknowledged that Ukraine was, however, grateful to ordinary Germans who supported the country, including “journalists reporting the truth and showing the harm that Russia has brought us”.

“I’m grateful to those who can look through the walls,” Zelensky said, ending his speech to a round of applause and calling on Scholz to “tear down this wall.”

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