Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky says there is "no schism" among Europeans when it came to facing Russia’s assault on his country.
In a virtual address to "The Idea of Europe" conference in Lithuania, Zelensky said Friday: "Russia can still employ different forms of terror. They still have enough missiles, rockets and bombs to kill people every day and provoke new difficulties for Ukraine and all of Europe. But we can say that they will never have something that they have a key stake on.”
“There is no split. There is no schism among Europeans. We have to preserve this so this is our mission number one this year,” Zelensky said.
The Ukrainian leader gave Europe's diversification from Russian gas as an example of Europe's united stance, saying that Russia “cannot weaponize energy anymore.”
He said he wanted accession talks on Ukraine's bid to become part of the European Union to take place with the “same speed as we gained our candidacy.”
“It's not just in Ukraine that millions of people have no heating, and no power, electric power, because of Russia. We are talking about millions of Europeans who suffered from the Russian terror. It's not just Ukraine that is attacked by Russia... it's Europe and we are all part of the same home,” Zelensky said.
Some 50% of Ukraine's capital Kyiv is without power on Friday morning following Russian strikes on critical infrastructure that led to widespread power cuts, according to Ukrainian authorities.