It’s time to decide who you are with, Zelenskyy tells Orbán

“Hungary, I want to stop here and be honest. Once and for all. You have to decide for yourself who you are with,” Zelenskyy said connecting to the EU Council summit via videolink. [Shutterstock/Richard Jay]

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of wartorn Ukraine spent one sixth of his speech addressed to EU leaders meeting Brussels on Thursday on an emotional appeal to Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán to choose whether he sides with Russia or Kyiv.

“Hungary, I want to stop here and be honest. Once and for all. You have to decide for yourself who you are with,” Zelenskyy said connecting to the EU Council summit via videolink.

While Hungary voted for all four packages of EU sanctions imposed on Russia to date, it has vehemently opposed sanctions targeting energy imports and said it will not let weapons destined for bordering Ukraine through its territory.

Recalling a family trip to Budapest and the memorial on the Danube bank honouring those executed by fascist terror in Hungary during the second world war, Zelenskyy said: “Listen, Viktor, do you know what’s going on in Mariupol? Please, if you can, go to your waterfront. Look at those shoes. And you will see how mass killings can happen again in today’s world. And that’s what Russia is doing today.”

„And you hesitate whether to impose sanctions or not? And you hesitate whether to let weapons through or not? And you hesitate whether to trade with Russia or not? It’s time to decide already. We believe in you,” the Ukrainian leader added.

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