A veteran interpreter broke down in tears on Sunday while translating Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s speech for a German news outlet.
In an emotional video shared on social media, the translator, who has not yet been identified, could be heard starting to choke up while interpreting Zelensky’s speech for the German news service Welt.
She translated part of his speech and could be heard saying, “Russia is on the path of evil. Russia must lose its voice in the U.N.”
She then started to struggle as she continued the translation.
“Ukraine, we definitely know,” she said before pausing briefly and adding, “what we are defending.” As she spoke, her voice began to break and she tried to calm down. Then, after a breath, she quietly said, “Sorry” and went off the air.
Zelensky spoke to the Ukrainian people on Sunday after several cities in the country were attacked by Russian forces.
“The night was hard,” he said. “The people rose to defend their state, and they showed their true faces. This is terror.”
“They are going to bomb our Ukrainian cities even more,” the Ukrainian president added. “They are going to kill our children even more insidiously. This is an evil that has come to our land and must be destroyed.”
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