In late February, Russia invaded Ukraine and has been launching attacks on Ukrainian cities, resulting in over three million citizens fleeing the country. Hundreds of Ukrainian civilians have been confirmed killed, but there have been international losses as well, including a 24-year-old Fox News journalist, a Fox News cameraman, and a former New York Times reporter.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Asks Congress To Address Russian ‘Terror’
President Zelensky asks for a no fly zone: “Remember Pearl Harbor…remember September 11th…our country experiences the same every day. Right now, at this moment, every night…Russia has turned the Ukrainian sky into a source of death…” pic.twitter.com/9CsTNHdqnV
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 16, 2022
President Zelenskyy made his remarks to a packed auditorium at the Capitol, which was also carried by many cable networks.
“This is a terror that Europe has not seen for 80 years and we are asking for an answer to this terror from the whole world,” Zelensky said in his speech. “Is this a lot to ask for— to create a no-fly zone over Ukraine, to save people? Is this too much to ask? Humanitarian no-fly zone.”
“If this is too much to ask, we offer an alternative,” he continued, calling for Congress to provide additional aircraft to protect the country. This alternative has been heavily debated in the news in recent days. President Joe Biden is expected to provide additional aircraft support to the country to combat the Russian invasion, but he is not expected to approve a no-fly zone with concerns that it could lead to World War III.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Compares Russian Invasion To 9/11 Terror Attacks
President Zelensky: “I’m addressing President Biden. You are the leader of the nation. I wish you to be the leader of the world. Being the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace.” pic.twitter.com/6hnkG8Hyjm
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 16, 2022
President Zelenskyy has refused to leave the country and has been seen in recent days visiting and rallying injured troops. He described the Russian invasion as a key moment in the history of democracy, not just in Ukraine, but around the world. He also compared the suffering Ukraine was facing to the casualties that Americans faced after events like Pearl Harbor and 9/11.
“Our country experiences the same every day,” he said. “Every night. For three weeks now.”
He also showed a graphic video of the Russian attack, which he says has included over one thousand missile strikes on Ukraine’s populated cities. The footage featured shots of buildings bursting in to explosions and scenes of tearful refugees, injured children, and other graphic carnage from the ongoing war. The video ended with a call to “close the sky” over Ukraine as Zelenskyy continued to push for a no-fly zone.
At the end of his speech, Zelenskyy received a standing ovation when he said, “I am addressing President Biden. You are the leader of the nation. I wish you to be the leader of the world. Being the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace.”
American President Joe Biden is expected to address the situation at the White House later Wednesday afternoon.
Other Highlights From President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Speech
“Now, I’m almost 45 years old. Today my age stopped when the hearts of more than 100 children stoped beating. I see no sense in life if I cannot stop the deaths, and this is my main issue as the leader of my people.”
(Check transcript later) pic.twitter.com/iGsgGWkjPx
— Alexander Verbeek 🌍 (@Alex_Verbeek) March 16, 2022
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy received a standing ovation before speaking to Congress on March 16. pic.twitter.com/sKnq1mIHYE
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 16, 2022
We are living through massive historical upheaval in the worst way when it comes to Ukraine. In the breach stands Volodymyr Zelenskyy, eyes red, resolve and concern emanating from his entire body and jumping right off the Zoom screen to a room jam-packed with the U.S. Congress.🧵 pic.twitter.com/Sy991S4fuS
— Rep. Andy Levin (@RepAndyLevin) March 16, 2022
If you watched President Zelenskyy address Congress, let it sink in.
Remember the importance of humanity and democracy and do not be fooled. It’s just geography.
This hits close to home.
This could happen…anywhere.
Love must win.
☮️ now ❤️ now pic.twitter.com/T6H16jKqrm
— Linda (@ShadesOfGray4U) March 16, 2022