June 2, 2023

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The war in Ukraine: what to remember from Zhelensky’s exchange with French students

The President of Ukraine has decided to address French students for an hour this Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm. The video conference is being broadcast at some universities in France.

The intervention was prepared by the Ukrainian embassy, ​​which has been in contact with several French companies, including École polytechnique, Sciences Po and La Sorbonne.

Thus the President of Ukraine addresses the French youth and the students.

Follow the talk live:

Go Director of Science in the preface

Science Po Director Mathias Wiserath spoke first.

He said the unity in the universities was created by the reception of Ukrainian students, especially in France. He also explained the wonder of this war.

Speech by Volodymyr Zhelensky

Volodymyr Zhelensky then banged. He speaks live from the queue.

He thanked the exchange: “This is Russia’s 77th day of war.”

It refers to May 1968 and its famous “It is forbidden to ban”. It targets young people and makes people aware of the need for protection.

By wondering “how can a man or a group cause a war and destroy security”.

Before questioning why we in Europe could have come to this, he describes the consequences of war in his country.

“Mariupol was a beautiful city. Now it’s just ruins.”

Five answers are not enough

He mentioned that he was going to meet 5 students after his speech and they will be more. But that is not enough for him.

He believes it should be a conversation to ask students questions and there will be a real exchange.

Asks questions

So he raised the question of NATO, the European Union.

He also asks the question: “Why did Russian soldiers enjoy torturing Ukrainians. How would you explain that?”

He describes the rape of women, even a child, with decapitated heads and disfigurements.

“Why did the Russian soldiers cut off their heads? Why did they break their fingers? Why did the Russian soldiers rape children in front of their parents?” He explained.

“How can such a thing be imagined, how can an 11-year-old child be raped in front of his mother’s eyes. What should be on the minds of his people?”.

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He mentions the Nazis who committed such atrocities, why did the memorial not maintain security?

It also raises the question of how to expedite international justice and how to implement it.

Ready for politics? What would you have thought if your father had been president?

“Would you like to understand my distinction between my position as President of a country in war and my role as Father?”

He gives for a transfer

Volodymyr Zelensky later provided the platform for this exchange. After the applause.

Victor Mack, Polytechnic School student

Polytechnic student Victor Mack begins: “It’s an honor to talk to you. And if my father had been president, I would have been just as proud of him as you are.”

His question: “How do you see the end of the war?”

Volodymyr Zelensky responded: “As for Ukraine, the war will end when peace returns and our territory is restored.”

He added, “We want to bring peace and freedom back to our country and restore our students.”

“When Russia gives us back our right to life, when we do not want to do that, when we get ours back, the war is over.”

“Russia is not listening to us this time, but they will listen to you.”

“But it’s their decision. We’m constantly fighting, we’m constantly negotiating.”

Carolyn Weil, INSP student

Caroline Weil, INSP student, begins with the fact that the process of joining the European community is certainly very long.

His question is about the millions of refugees in Europe and the consequences for Europe and Ukraine.

The Ukrainian president refuses to talk to him about the refugees, as far as he is concerned these people have to move, but these temporarily displaced people have to return to their home country of Ukraine.

He recalled that the men stayed to fight.

He invites everyone to visit Ukraine once the war is over.

He thanked France for welcoming these people.

As for Ukraine’s membership in the European Union, he wants it, but he wants other countries to like it too. “We can bring a lot to the EU.”

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“But the promises can not last. I think it is unreasonable. Ukraine is a country in its own right in Europe, but wants the same respect, more or less.”

Matthew Talison, a student at Sorbonne

This is the method of Matthew Tallison, a student studying at Sorbonne.

His question was about Ukraine’s membership in NATO.

Volodymyr Zelensky responded: “I believe Russia is putting pressure on some countries, so they do not want to join NATO. But many countries want to join”, citing the example of Finland and Sweden.

“Everyone wants to be protected and live safely in their own home, with their family.”

“Why did Russia go to war in Ukraine? For me it is because they do not see us as a separate country.”

“Our freedom scares him.”

Ana Karen Aguëro Rojo, Sciences Po PSIA student

Ana Karen Aguëro Rojo, Sciences Po PSIA student asked the fourth question.

It is about ending the war and establishing lasting peace with Russia.

Regarding this lasting peace, the President of Ukraine responded that “without a legal document it is impossible to guarantee peace with the Russian Federation.”

Such agreements do not work with Russia.

“The only guarantee of security for us is a grand coalition of many who have signed this document.”

“This agreement must have a powerful weapon, a powerful army.”

Joriana Haniak, Ukrainian student at Inalco

The next speaker was Soriana Haniak, a student of Ukrainian descent at Inalco.

He addressed President Zhelensky in Ukrainian.

“I am the third generation of Ukrainians in France.”

His question was simple: “By being a student in France, how can one help Ukraine so effectively?”

President Zhelensky: “There is political support on important issues, and you do it.”

“Students are the future. I ask that you be the best student you can be.”

Sasha Wardes, a student at Sorbonne

Then place student Sasha Wardes on the sorbent.

It began with the fact that “memorial discourses for expansionist purposes are dangerous.”

His question relates to Russia’s nuclear threats.

The president responded: “We know Russia is not the only country that uses this kind of threat.”

“We have to have barriers to deal with these threats.”

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“It shows that there is total contempt in the agreements related to this.”

“If we do not control these kinds of threats, there is danger.”

Elodie Bobbin, a student of international relations in the course of science

Elodie Bob, a student for international relations, took the lead. “I do not know why some people choose evil over good.”

His question: “You are a young president, how are you and how do you experience this war on a daily basis?”

The President replied that he was absolutely right and that no one had an answer to the question of evil.

According to him, “They’re no longer human, they’re criminals, there’s a change in their brains. We’m been human, and I want to be a thinking human.”

“As for our war, Ukraine has fought for its independence more than once in its history.”

“Today we are waging a war for freedom and liberty. I want this war to end in victory.”

“I do not know how I will survive this war. I want to end this war with a victory, because this victory is the first independence of Ukraine.”

Giovanna Martins-Vial, student in humanities law

The last question was asked by Giovanni Martins-Vail, a student studying humanities law.

“I was in Ukraine three weeks ago as a freelance journalist.”

His question: “How can we account for the suffering of the Ukrainian people?”

President Zhelensky responds: “I do not know if we can feel if we do not see. It can not be understood until the end.”

“Understand that people have to bear all of their suffering because it affects the whole of the West.”

“This is a matter of civilization. Ukraine opposes.”

As the President allows a little more time, another student will ask the final question.

Caspart, student at Sorbonne

Caspart, a student in Sorbonne asks, How can we play a role in helping Ukraine?

The President notes that young people in his country have invested in defending their territory. She is on the forehead.

“Energy is a great force and young people have that energy. And it is important to succeed.”