Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who has emphasised his Judaism in seeking to rally Jewish and Israeli support for his country during the Russian invasion, was due to address Israel’s parliament on Sunday.
In an international tour via videoconference, Zelenskyy has spoken to several foreign legislatures since the invasion launched on February 24, including the United States Congress, Britain’s House of Commons and Germany’s Bundestag.
A spokesman for the Knesset, Israel’s legislature, told AFP that Zelensky’s speech was scheduled for 6:00 pm (1600 GMT), as the humanitarian situation deteriorates in besieged Ukrainian cities under relentless Russian bombardment.
Zelenskyy will address lawmakers in a country where more than one million of its 9.4 million residents have roots in the former Soviet Union.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government has tried to maintain neutrality on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, citing Israel’s warm ties with both countries and the need to preserve security coordination with Russian troops operating in Syria.