Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made a bold move by visiting the United Kingdom and delivering a speech before the UK Parliament, where he urged allies to send fighter jets to help ensure Ukraine’s victory over Russia. The President, who was wearing his signature olive drab sweatshirt, called the jets “wings for freedom.”

Ukraine President Calls for Fighter Jets

Zelenskyy acknowledged the British monarch, King Charles III, as a qualified military pilot and praised the bravery of both the Ukrainian people and the British. He also called for stronger sanctions against Russia, saying they need to be deprived of any means to finance the war.

The visit to the UK, which was Zelenskyy’s second confirmed trip outside Ukraine since Russia invaded nearly a year ago, came as Ukraine braces for a potential Russian offensive and hatches its own plans to retake land occupied by Russian forces. So far, support from Western allies has been crucial in Ukraine’s unexpectedly strong defense, as the two sides are now engaged in intense battles.

In the 900-year-old Westminster Hall, hundreds of lawmakers and parliamentary staff listened to Zelenskyy’s speech, where he thanked the British people for their support since the beginning of the war and handed over a Ukrainian combat helmet as a token of gratitude.

The Ukrainian leader has been rallying support for his country through speeches, mostly delivered remotely, to Western lawmakers. This support has helped Ukraine mount a surprisingly stiff defense, as the country and Russia are now locked in fierce battles.

Zelenskyy told the lawmakers that in past wars, “evil lost,” and that he knows Russia will eventually lose and that victory will change the world. He also said he was speaking on behalf of the brave people of his country, who have stood firm against the Russian invasion.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s visit to the UK Parliament was a bold move that showcased the bravery of the Ukrainian people and the support of their Western allies. Zelenskyy’s call for fighter jets and stronger sanctions against Russia showed his determination to reclaim Ukraine’s sovereignty and bring an end to the ongoing war.