In a virtual address before Congress Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the U.S. to ramp up its aid to Ukraine and implored President Biden to be a leader.
“Right now, the destiny of our country is being decided, the destiny of our people,” said Zelenskyy more than three weeks into his nation’s battle against an invading Russian military.
He received standing ovation from Congress when he began his speech from an undisclosed location in Kyiv, adding, “whether Ukrainians will be free, whether they will be able to save their democracy.”
Ukrainian President Zelenskyy showed this powerful video to Congress, depicting Ukraine before and during the invasion.
The video ends with a familiar call for a no-fly zone: "Close the sky over Ukraine." pic.twitter.com/8nG0w9sv4y
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The heroic Ukrainian president referenced the September 11 attacks and Pearl Harbor. He told members of Congress that his nation and the world must fight back against tyranny..
Then in English at the end of his speech, he delivered a message directly to President Joe Biden directly: “President Biden, you are the leader of your great nation. I wish you to be the leader of the world. Being the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace.”
He added, “I call on you to do more.”
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