Perspectives: Could Zelenskyy's Appeal Draw The US Into War With Russia?

Headline Roundup March 19th, 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's plea to U.S. Congress on Wednesday resulted in President Biden sending Ukraine an additional $800 million in military assistance, but will Zelenskyy be able to convince the U.S. to send troops to Ukraine?

While the U.S. is supplying the Ukrainian army with a bulk of military aid such as Stinger anti-aircraft systems and armed drones, the White House has stayed firm about not sending troops or implementing a no-fly zone over Ukraine. Instead, Biden has explored other strategies such as convincing Chinese President Xi Jinping to distance himself from Putin's war and enforcing economic sanctions against Russia.

Left-rated voices were generally more skeptical about the notion of interfering in Putin's invasion of Ukraine. The Washington Post (Lean Left bias) emphasized how Zelenskyy "faces agonizing choices at the negotiation table with Russia" as "defeat might not be acceptable to Ukrainian society" where citizens have rallied behind a willingness to keep fighting. Some right-rated outlets emphasized how recent events might be foreshadowing the U.S. becoming more involved in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Fox News (Right bias) highlighted how Zelenskyy used his "stirring appeal" as a former actor and comedian to sway "riveted" U.S. lawmakers into helping him stop Putin's invasion. 

From the Right
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OPINION

He invoked Pearl Harbor and 9/11, Mount Rushmore and Martin Luther King.

He portrayed America and Ukraine as having the same dreams and values, and both having known the pain of destruction delivered from the sky. 

Volodymyr Zelenskyy rose to the moment in his address to Congress on Wednesday, an unlikely leader who has become the face of the brave Ukrainian resistance to Russia’s brutality – and wants the U.S. to help him stop the ongoing massacre of civilians.

Lawmakers looked riveted as Zelenskyy asked for a humanitarian no-fly zone and, knowing he probably won’t get that,...

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From the Left
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ANALYSIS

The mounting death toll in Ukraine has forced President Volodymyr Zelensky to consider concessions to Russia in order to bring an end to the devastating conflict, but the specific elements of any peace deal his government may be discussing with Moscow remain a mystery to Western leaders, said U.S. and European officials.

The secretive rounds of meetings between Russian and Ukrainian negotiators could hold the key to ending the conflict but also carry broader implications for European security depending on how the warring parties settle their differences. If Russian President...

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From the Center
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ANALYSIS

Besieged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a powerful plea to the U.S. Congress by video on Wednesday, echoing former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s wartime address to the same chamber and appealing to Americans to recall their own past traumas, from Pearl Harbor to Sept. 11, 2001. He challenged U.S. President Joe Biden to show more leadership as Ukraine faces an existential fight against an enemy bent on its annihilation.

“You are the leader of the nation. … I wish you to be the leader of the world. Being the leader of the world...

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