President Zelenskyy’s powerful speech brings translator to tears, diplomats to their feet

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s powerful speeches have brought at least two translators to tears, with one unable to continue.

During Zelenskyy’s speech on Saturday slamming Russia’s brutal invasion of the country, a German interpreter was moved to tears and found herself unable to finish the very end of the speech, apologizing for her emotional state.

“Russia is on the path of evil. Russia must lose its voice in the UN,” proclaimed Zelenskyy. The translator was heard interpreting the president’s heartfelt entreaty.

“Ukrainians, we know exactly what we are defending. We will definitely win,” Zelenskyy proclaimed. At that point, the interpreter began to dissolve into tears.

“Glory to each of our soldiers. Glory to Ukraine,” the Ukrainian president declared.

The interpreter could be heard weeping at that point in the background and said after a brief pause, “Excuse me.”

“I’m a conference interpreter, I interprepret 10 hrs peace talks. But today live on German TV I couldn’t finish interpreting Zelensky, during his last words I broke into tears. I love you all, my fellow Ukrainians,” the unnamed journalist tweeted.

The translator was interpreting the speech for the German news outlet Welt.

Zelenskyy’s speech has moved millions to tears, not just the interpreter. The bravery of the Ukrainians in the face of Russian aggression has been unfailing and inspiring.

(Video Credit: Pavlo from Ukraine)

The Ukrainian president has chosen to stay with his people and fight despite the Russians sending mercenaries to take him out.

“Last night was brutal in Ukraine. Again, the shelling, again the bombing of residential areas and civilian infrastructure,” Zelenskyy said in his speech. “The people rose to defend their state, and they showed their true faces. This is terror. They are going to bomb our Ukrainian cities even more. They are going to kill our children even more insidiously. This is an evil that has come to our land and must be destroyed.”

“If children are born in shelters, even when the shelling continues, then the enemy has no chance in this — undoubtedly — people’s war,” he declared. “To victory! Glory to Ukraine!”

Another translator was brought to tears on Tuesday as he interpreted a separate speech from Zelenskyy at the European Parliament as Russia’s military invasion enters its sixth day.

“This morning, two cruise missiles hit Freedom Square. … Dozens were killed. This is the price of freedom,” Zelenskyy stated and then the interpreter could be heard choking up with emotion over his words.

(Video Credit: Evening Standard)

“We are fighting just for our land and for our freedom,” the Ukrainian president added.

“Nobody is going to break us,” he vowed. “We are strong, we are Ukrainians. We have a desire to see our children alive. I think it’s a fair one. Yesterday, 16 children were killed.”

“We are fighting also to be equal members of Europe,” he proclaimed. “The European Union is going to be much stronger with us.”

Hundreds of diplomats gave Zelenskyy a standing ovation.

More than 100 diplomats from over 40 Western countries and including Japan walked out of a speech by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to the top U.N. human rights forum on Tuesday in protest over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to Reuters.

(Video Credit: ABC News)


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