Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reminded Congress of the devastation caused by Pearl Harbor and 9/11 as he pleaded for more help amid Russia’s invasion of his country.
“Remember Pearl Harbor, the terrible morning of December 7, 1941, when your sky was black from the planes attacking you,” Zelenskyy said in his address to Congress on Wednesday. “Remember September 11, a terrible day in 2001 when evil tried to turn your cities, independent territories, into battlefields. When innocent people were attacked from the air.”
He continued, “Our country is experiencing the same every day, right now, at this moment. Every night for three weeks now … Russia has turned the Ukrainian sky into a source of death for thousands of people.”
Zelenskyy went on to question whether it is “a lot to ask” for a no-fly zone over Ukraine.
Watch his remarks below:
Ukraine President Zelenskyy to U.S. Congress:
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Zelenskyy also invoked Martin Luther King Jr., adding, “I have a dream.”
He continued, “These words are known to each of you. Today, I can say I have a need. A need to protect our sky. I need your decision, your help, which means exactly the same. The same you feel when you hear the words, I have a dream.”
Fox News noted the president is expected to announce an additional $800 million in military aid for Ukraine on Wednesday. This is in addition to $200 million announced over the weekend.
According to the outlet, Biden is scheduled to join a European Council Summit to discuss “shared concerns about Ukraine, including transatlantic efforts to impose economic costs on Russia, provide humanitarian support to those effected by the violence, and to address other challenges related to the conflict.”
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