Zelenskyy Delivers Virtual Speech to Congress

Headline Roundup March 16th, 2022

In a livestreamed video on Wednesday to the U.S. Congress, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pressed for the U.S. to help him fight against Russia’s bombardment of Ukraine with a no-fly zone or military equipment to protect the country's skies. 

Saying "We need you now," Zelenskyy also invoked memories of Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 attacks, and urged the U.S. to increase its blocking of imports and sanctions of Russian officials and President Vladimir Putin.  

The speech comes as the Ukraine war nears its three-week mark, and Zelenskyy continues to seek the support and aid of EU leaders.  Russian forces are encroaching on Kyiv and other key cities, while Ukraine launches a counteroffensive.  Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden has stopped short of providing a no-fly zone or the transfer of military jets from Poland for fear of direct confrontation with Russia.  Biden is, however, expected to announce Wednesday that the the U.S. will send an additional $800 million in security assistance to Ukraine, which will include anti-armor and anti-defense weapons.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy cited Pearl Harbor and the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 on Wednesday as he appealed to the U.S. Congress to do more to help Ukraine’s fight against Russia, but acknowledged the no-fly zone he has sought to “close the sky” over his country may not happen.

Livestreamed into the Capitol complex, Zelenskyy said the U.S. must sanction Russian lawmakers and block imports, and he showed a packed auditorium of lawmakers an emotional video of the destruction and devastation his country has suffered in the war....

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a livestreamed video to Congress on Wednesday pleaded for the U.S. to help him battle Russia’s bombardment of his country with a no-fly zone or military equipment to protect Ukraine’s skies.

“Russia has turned the Ukrainian side into a source of death for thousands of people,” Mr. Zelenskyy told the roomful of senators and congressman. 

“This is a terror that Europe has not seen, has not seen for 80 years, and we are asking for a reply to this terror from the whole world. Is this a lot to ask...

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pressed U.S. lawmakers for further military assistance and new sanctions in a speech Wednesday beamed from Kyiv, making a personal plea to President Biden as his administration prepared to announce another round of aid.

Mr. Zelensky, whose country was invaded by Russia about three weeks ago, delivered a virtual speech Wednesday morning to both chambers of Congress. Ahead of the speech, Ukraine said it launched a counteroffensive against Russian forces encroaching on its capital and other key cities.

Lawmakers gathered in an auditorium in the Capitol complex...

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