Zelensky: Ukraine needs fighter planes and long-range missiles-UPDATED

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

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# 09 February 2023 14:53 (UTC +04:00)

European Union countries must quickly consider providing fighter jets to Ukraine, the head of the bloc's parliament said on Thursday as she hosted President Volodymyr Zelensky, touring Europe to win more arms to fight against the Russian invasion.

Referencing the biblical fight between David and Goliath, European Parliament head Roberta Metsola said in addressing Mr. Zelensky in the chamber: "You need to win, and now (EU) member states must consider quickly as the next step providing long-range systems and the jets that you need to protect your liberty."

Mr. Zelensky had taken his request for fighter jets to France and Germany following his calls in the UK for more support to help his country’s struggle against Russia’s invasion.

He met French President Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Paris on Wednesday evening, where they pledged ongoing support to Ukraine.


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the European Parliament ahead of a special meeting of the bloc’s leaders to discuss their continued support for Ukraine, APA reports citing Washington Post.

The visit to Belgium is Zelensky’s first to the European Union’s home base since it awarded candidate status to Ukraine, and it’s the third country in his trip to Western Europe after meeting leaders in Britain and France. “Ukraine is Europe, and your nation’s future is in the European Union,” European Parliament President Roberta Metsola told Zelensky in her introductory remarks.