The Russian-Ukrainian war live: It would be naive to wait for peace from Russia, Zelensky said in an address to the US Congress | Ukraine

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Transport Minister Pete Bittigieg had the following to say about Zelensky’s address:

Inspired and excited tonight to see President Zelensky address Congress to reaffirm the friendship between our countries and remind us that American support is “not charity” but “an investment in global security and democracy.” We will continue to support Ukraine.

— Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@SecretaryPete) December 22, 2022

Congress is about to approve an additional $44.9 billion in new emergency military and economic aid on top of the roughly $50 billion already sent to Ukraine this year.

Daniel Fried, a former US ambassador to Poland and a fellow at the Atlantic Council, said Zelensky’s trip demonstrated that he and Biden share a belief that the United States, despite its flaws, is the leader of the free world.

Zelensky, Fried said, “didn’t go to Berlin, Brussels, London or Paris” for his first trip abroad since the start of the war.

CBS reports that Zelensky may soon visit other countries, including possibly the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

After the US, Zelensky “may visit the UK and possibly France and Germany” – CBS

— MAKS 22🇺🇦 (@Maks_NAFO_FELLA) December 21, 2022

Biden welcomed Zelensky to the White House earlier Wednesday, unveiling an additional $1.85 billion in security aid package Ukraine to continue to defend against Russia, including the Patriot surface-to-air missile defense system. “We’re going to stay with you,” Biden told him.

The visit – Zelensky’s first trip outside Ukraine since the start of the war – highlighted ties between the two countries and included a meeting at the White House, a visit to Congress and a focus on more weapons for Kyiv:

Biden pledges to support Ukraine ‘as necessary’ – video

In Ukraine news: A former Russian deputy prime minister and a pro-Moscow official were wounded when Ukrainian forces shelled the eastern city of Donetsk on Wednesday, Russian news agencies reported.

Donetsk, controlled by pro-Moscow troops, is in the industrial Donbass region, the epicenter of recent fierce fighting between Russia and Ukraine.

One of the wounded men was Dmitry Rogozin, a former deputy prime minister of Russia who has been providing military advice to two occupied regions of Ukraine that Moscow claims as its own, an aide told TASS news agency, his life was not in danger.

Vitaly Khotsenko, head of the government of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, was also wounded, his press secretary told Russian news agencies.

Zelensky joined a long list of world leaders to address joint sessions of the Senate and House, Reuters reported, a tradition that began in 1874 with a visit by Hawaii’s King Kalakaua and included near-legendary military visits by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, as and kings, queens, and a pope.

But for Zelensky, whose olive war uniforms have become globally recognized, the House ignored a rule that normally requires men to wear a jacket and tie in the chamber.

Biden, a few minutes ago:

I had the honor of sitting down with President Zelensky of Ukraine.

We communicated throughout the war, but it made sense to speak in person. I told President Zelensky that the United States is committed to supporting the Ukrainian people for as long as necessary. pic.twitter.com/l5HwdXmaBW

— President Biden (@POTUS) December 22, 2022

Just a confirmation that yes, the messages on the flag were written by soldiers – from the city of Bakhmut, which Zelensky visited on Tuesday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ends his address to the US Congress by presenting a flag from soldiers he met yesterday on the front line in Bakhmut pic.twitter.com/SkaaELCeZR

— Naomi O’Leary (@NaomiOhReally) December 22, 2022

“Bahmut stands,” Zelensky said in his address. “Every centimeter of this land is drenched in blood … but the Ukrainian Donbas stands.”

Monday – Ukrainian soldiers on the front line of the city of Bakhmut hand Zelensky a signed Ukrainian flag.

Wednesday – Zelensky gives this flag to the US Congress. pic.twitter.com/LbAhlLhPuZ

— Adam Schwartz (@AdamJSchwarz) December 22, 2022

Summary: What Zelensky told Congress

In an address to the US Congress, delivered 12 days before Republicans took over the House, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky – who was in the US on his first foreign visit since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine 300 days ago – stressed that US aid would help Ukraine secure a victory that would make the world safer.

He began by saying that the US, Europe and Ukraine together “defeated Russia in the battle for the world’s minds.”

Zelensky was also open about wanting more help, saying that while he was grateful for the commitments so far, it was not enough. He also called on the US to impose new sanctions Russia, and bring the people behind the war to justice. He used the words bipartisan repeatedly and bicameral at least once, and tried to reassure Republican and Democratic lawmakers that aid to Ukraine was worthwhile and that the country was a responsible steward of the aid.

Zelensky repeatedly referred to the fighting in World War II, which was arguably strategic — a reminder that global politics, not just Ukraine’s freedom, is at stake.

He quoted Franklin Roosevelt as saying during World War II: “The American people in their righteous might will win to absolute victory,” adding: “I tell you: the Ukrainian people will also win: absolutely.”

As he finished his speech, grateful American families — the taxpayers who fund U.S. aid to Ukraine — said, “Now, at this special Christmas time, I want to thank you, all of you. Thank you to every American family who values ​​the warmth of their home and wishes the same warmth to our people.

Zelensky leaves

Zelensky finished his speech and left the hall. From the Guardian’s Washington correspondent David Smith, who is in the room:

Zelensky leaves to cheers and applause. Ukrainians on public balconies shout: “God bless America!” Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

— David Smith (@SmithInAmerica) December 22, 2022

Here is a clip of the speech in which Zelensky said: “Your support is crucial… We have artillery, yes. Thank you. We have it. Is it enough? Honestly, not really.”

“Ukraine is holding its ground and will never surrender,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told Congress to a standing ovation.

“Your support is crucial,” he continues. “We have artillery, yes. Thank you. We have her. Is it enough? Honestly, not much.” pic.twitter.com/0KdvzKT9BK

— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 22, 2022

From the Guardian’s Washington correspondent David Smith, who is in the room:

Zelensky presents frontline flag to Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi. “We are united – Ukraine, America and the whole free world.

— David Smith (@SmithInAmerica) December 22, 2022

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