Ukraine President Zelenskyy quotes Churchill in plea to Boris and British MPs

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukraine would never surrender today as he addressed a packed House of Commons via video link from the besieged Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

Members of the House of Lords watched from the public gallery as the former comedian leading Ukraine ’s resistance against the Russian invasion echoed Winston Churchill's famous wartime speech saying "We will fight to the end at sea in the air we will fight whatever the cost echoing Churchill he said we will fight in the streets and the forests, on the banks of rivers…"

President Zelenskyy catalogued the day-by day progress of the invasion, saying that cruise missiles had been fired into Ukraine at 4am on the first day of the invasion and since then no-one in Ukraine had slept.

He said that the entire population of the country were "heroes" that had been defending Ukraine against Russian aggression the way Britain once stood against the Nazis

Ahead of the historic address, Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle said: "Every parliamentarian wants to hear directly from the president, who will be speaking to us live from Ukraine, so this is an important opportunity for the House”.

He thanked the “incredible staff” at the Houses of Parliament “for working at pace” to organise President Zelenskyy’s speech.

Support for Ukraine is evident on both the government and opposition benches.

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At Prime Minister's Questions last week, the entire House rose to applaud Ukraine's ambassador Vadym Prystaiko, who had been watching parliamentary proceedings from the Commons gallery.

Last week, President Zelenskyy received a standing ovation for his video address to the European Parliament .

He reduced some experienced politicians to tears when he said:

“Thousands of people who were killed, two revolutions, one war and five days of full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation” is a “very high price” to pay to access EU membership".

He added: “I did not know that this is the price that we will have to pay, and it’s a tragedy for me, for every Ukrainian, a tragedy for our state".

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On Monday, he vowed to punish every single Russian serviceman and politician involved in war crimes in Ukraine.

"There will be no quiet place on Earth for you, except for the grave," he said.

On Monday evening, PM Boris Johnson spoke with US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The four leaders agreed to maintain diplomatic pressure on Russia, as well as economic sanctions to isolate Putin.

Russian energy experts will be hit very hard by the sanctions, but that will inevitably drive prices up at home.

"The prime minister stressed that our goal must be ensuring Putin's failure in this act of aggression against Ukraine," said a No 10 spokesperson.

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