Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke to the Italian parliament recently by video link. As part of his remarks, he recounted a supportive phone conversation he had just had with Pope Francis.
Italian public opinion generally favors Russia, but Prime Minister Mario Draghi expressed his effusive support for Ukraine when replying to Mr. Zelensky.
|00:06||A long round of applause welcomed Ukrainian President Zelensky,|
|00:09||who spoke before both chambers of the Parliament, in joint session.|
|00:12||His first words were about the Pope.|
|00:15||Today I have spoken with His Holiness, Pope Francis,|
|00:19||and he told me very important words.|
|00:26||I understand you want peace. I understand you need to defend yourselves.|
|00:31||The military, civilians defend their own fatherland.|
|00:37||Everyone does. I replied to him: “Our people have turned into our army.”|
|00:46||The war needs to end as soon as possible, concluded Zelensky.|
|00:49||We want peace. We do know that more days of war will take away more children’s lives.|
|00:57||0117 is not the final number.|
|01:01||Why is the Russian invasion destroying our families and our citizens’ lives?|
|01:07||The war is ongoing. Russian missiles, aviation and artillery won’t stop killing people.|
|01:14||Ukrainian cities are being destroyed.|
|01:17||Some of them are entirely destroyed, like Mariupol.|
|01:20||Prime Minister Draghi replied, acknowledging that Ukrainians are heroic and resilient people,|
|01:29||and that Italy wants Ukraine to join the EU.|
|01:33||And he wants to give military aid to the Ukrainian resistance.