WATCH LIVE: Zelensky to deliver virtual address to US Congress


WASHINGTON (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will deliver a virtual address to the U.S. Congress this week, part of a series of high-profile speeches by a leader working to rally support as the Russian invasion of his country intensifies.

Zelensky will address members of the House and Senate on Wednesday, an event that will be broadcast live for the public. This follows a speech he gave to the British Parliament last week which echoed the moving words of Winston Churchill during the Second World War. On Tuesday, Zelensky delivered a speech to the Canadian Parliament.

The address is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday, March 16. Watch her in the live player above.

“It’s such a privilege to have this leader of this country, where these people are fighting for their democracy and our democracy,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday at an event at the Brooklyn Bridge. with New York lawmakers.

Pelosi said Zelensky called for the meeting when they spoke late last week, and lawmakers are “thrilled” to see him address Congress.

The discussion comes as Ukrainians fight for their country’s survival amid escalating war as Russian President Vladimir Putin steps up his assault, including airstrikes on the capital, kyiv. Zelensky pleaded with the United States for increased air support, including the transfer of aircraft from neighboring Poland. Civilians in Ukraine are taking up arms to hold back Putin’s regime, but the war has triggered a mass exodus of more than 2.8 million people from Ukraine.

“Congress, our country and the world stand in awe of the people of Ukraine,” Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday in a statement announcing the speech.

They said all lawmakers are invited to the conference which will be broadcast via video at the US Capitol. This comes after Congress recently approved $13.6 billion in emergency military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine.

Biden is expected to sign a major spending bill containing Ukraine aid on Tuesday, but lawmakers expect to hear more from Zelensky about his country’s immediate needs. On Pelosi’s call last week, Zelensky said his country would need help rebuilding after the war.

“We need to do more to meet the needs of some of the 2.7 million refugees,” she said.

She said of Ukrainians: “They are fighting for democracy in a broad sense.

In their statement on Monday, Congress leaders said Congress “remains steadfast in its commitment to support Ukraine in the face of Putin’s cruel and diabolical aggression.”

Earlier this month, Zelensky spoke via video to House and Senate lawmakers, making a desperate plea for more military aid.

The Ukrainian president has specifically sought air support to fight the Russians, including the transfer of Soviet-era MiGs from Poland, but the Pentagon has shut the door on that idea for now, fearing it could escalate. American involvement.

Schumer said Monday that it’s one of the greatest honors of any Congress to host foreign heads of state, “but it’s almost unheard of in modern times that we hear a leader fight for his life, to fight for the survival of his country and to fight to preserve the very idea of ​​democracy.

Associated Press writer Michelle L. Price in New York contributed to this report.


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