Ukrainian President Zelenskyy calls for deadlier help in virtual meeting with US senators


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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed U.S. senators on Saturday as Congress weighs requests for additional aid to help the country fight off a brutal Russian invasion.

Zelenskyy spoke to the senators on a Zoom video call where the president wore a military green t-shirt and spoke next to a Ukrainian flag.

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., posted a photo of the meeting, which was scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday EST.

“We’re calling Zoom now with President Zelensky,” Rubio wrote.

The meeting comes as NATO rejected a request by Zelenskyy for a no-fly zone over Ukraine to provide air cover for the Ukrainian people. Zelenskyy criticized the decision, but NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned that having alliance planes over Ukrainian airspace could spark a new world war.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is seen on a Zoom call with US senators on Saturday, March 5, 2022. (Image: Senator Marco Rubio)
(Senator Marco Rubio)

A Senate source told Fox News Digital that the no-fly zone was raised at the meeting and Zelenskyy asked for more planes. He also demanded that the United States remove Visa and Mastercard in Russia.

Zelenskyy described the horrors of war and how the Russians kill and bomb civilians. He told senators he needed more lethal help to fend off Russian President Vladimir Putin, the source said.

Zelenskyy also told senators that the United States should embargo Russian oil. He also said that Belarus, Lukashenko does not control the troops, Russia commands them.

The Ukrainian president also told senators that “if you had triggered sanctions months ago, there would have been no war,” according to a Senate source.

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Zelenskyy said on the call that Ukraine has strong relations with Poland and humanitarian aid and military assistance flow easily.

Earlier on Saturday, Zelenskyy urged Russia and Belarus to cooperate in providing humanitarian corridors so civilians can escape the war zone.

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to flight attendants in comments broadcast on state television on Saturday, March 5, 2022. (Image: Reuters video)

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to flight attendants in comments broadcast on state television on Saturday, March 5, 2022. (Image: Reuters video)
(Reuters video)

“Humanitarian corridors need to work today,” Zelenskyy said in a video posted to Instagram. “To save people. Women, children, old people. To give food and medicine to those left behind.”

“Our help is already on the way,” he said. “Anyone who needs help should be able to leave.”

The two main corridors should allow citizens of the towns of Mariupol and Volnovakha to flee as the fighting intensifies.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration is asking for at least $10 billion in new funds to provide aid to Ukraine amid Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war on the nation. The aid would be for additional humanitarian, security and economic assistance in Ukraine and the neighboring region in the days and weeks ahead, according to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Smoke rises after the shelling by Russian forces in Mariupol, Ukraine, Friday, March 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Smoke rises after the shelling by Russian forces in Mariupol, Ukraine, Friday, March 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, says the House will consider Ukraine’s emergency request next week as part of a larger government spending bill Congress must pass by March 11, otherwise the government would risk shutting down.

Fox News’ Kelly Laco, Peter Aitken and Tyler Olson contributed to this report.


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