Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on Ireland to support Ukraine’s EU membership.
Speaking to attendees at the Business and Finance Awards in Dublin, President Zelensky said Russia “does not have such missiles that could pave our way to a united Europe.”
“In exactly one month from today, Ireland will celebrate its first 50 years as part of the European Union,” he said via video link in English.
“Ukraine is doing everything so that our first 50 years of membership in the EU can be celebrated earlier.
“And I urge you to support Ukraine on this path without fail.
“Let this path be a case of success for your country and your companies.”
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who also attended the awards ceremonies after addressing the Oireachtas on Thursday, said Russia’s war was an “assault on the right to be a free and democratic nation.”
Ambassador of Ukraine to Ireland Gerasko Larysa, who accepted the TK Whitaker award for outstanding service to public life on behalf of Mr Zelensky, said she was grateful to the Irish people for their “help during these terrible nine months of war”.
“We fight for our freedom. We fight for our independence.
“Russia not only uses missiles to terrorize our Ukrainians, our people, but also energy, food and cold.
“This winter will be the darkest for the Ukrainian people. We fight for our survival. Today we need your support and help like never before.”
The event, sponsored by KPMG, took place at Dublin’s Convention Center.
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