‘A champion of democracy’: Zelensky given three standing ovations in Canadian Parliament
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is addressing the US Congress virtually after being invited by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. He received a standing ovation when he appeared on the screen before lawmakers.
“The Congress, our country and the world are in awe of the people of Ukraine, who have shown extraordinary courage, resilience and determination in the face of Russia’s unprovoked, vicious, and illegal war,” a letter from the leaders said.
“We look forward to the privilege of welcoming President Zelensky’s address to the House and Senate and to convey our support to the people of Ukraine as they bravely defend democracy.”
The Ukrainian president has already addressed Canadian and British MPs.
As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, US president Joe Biden is expected to announce $800m (£612m) of aid to the eastern European country, a sum that would bring the total aid sent to Ukraine in the last week alone to $1bn.
Mr Biden is also reportedly considering providing Ukraine with US-made drones, including the recently developed so-called “loitering missile” system known as Switchblade. Drones have played a major part in Ukraine’s defence against the Russian assault, in particular TB2 drones supplied by Turkey.
Zelensky shows lawmakers a video of Ukraine before the war which transitions into graphic footage of missile strikes, bomb-damaged cities, injured and dead civilians – including children – and desperate refugees.
It ends with a call to close the skies over Ukraine.
Oliver O’Connell16 March 2022 13:22
Bluemnthal: ‘Respond to Zelenskyy’s plea today with action, not just more words’
Senator Richard Blumenthal has called for “action, not just more words” in repsonse to President Zelensky’s speech to Congress.
Oliver O’Connell16 March 2022 13:20
“Is this a lot to ask for to create a no-fly zone over Ukraine?” Zelensky asks.
“If this is too much to ask, you know what type of defence systems we need.”
“I have a need. I need to protect our sky,” he tells Congress.
Zelensky says he is “grateful to President Biden” for his commitment to and support for Ukraine.
“However now, it is true in the darkest time for our country and for the whole of Europe, I call on you to do more.”
“New packages of sanctions are needed every week,” he says, calling for sanctions on all Russian politicians supporting Putin and the exit of all American companies from Russian trade relations.
“I am asking that Russians don’t receive a single penny” from any US company, he tells Congress. “All American ports should be closed to Russian goods.”
“Leave the [Russian] market because it is flooded with our blood.”
Oliver O’Connell16 March 2022 13:16
Zelensky implores US lawmakers to think about the parts of American history that might allow them to understand Ukraine today.
He mentions Pearl Harbor in 1941 and September 11 2001.
His country has been experiencing that daily for weeks, he says.
“Russians have turned the Ukrainian skies into a source of death,” Zelensky says before appealing for a No-fly Zone.
Oliver O’Connell16 March 2022 13:12
Zelensky opens by mentioning his country’s “freedom-loving people who for eight years have been resisting the Russian aggression,” per translator.
“Right now the destiny of our country is being decided,” he says.
“Russia has attacked not just us, not just our land, not just our cities, it went on a brutal offensive against our values,” he continues.
Oliver O’Connell16 March 2022 13:11
Zelensky and Ukraine ambassador receive standing ovations
Oliver O’Connell16 March 2022 13:07
Packed auditorium for Zelensky
A packed auditorium awaits the address by the Ukrainian president.
Oliver O’Connell16 March 2022 13:04
The last time a Ukrainian president address Congress was in September 2014 after the Russian invasion of Crimea.
Petro Proshenko ended his speech by saying “Slava Ukraini!” — Glory to Ukraine.
Oliver O’Connell16 March 2022 12:54
Zelensky to address Israeli parliament
President Zelensky will address the Israeli parliament on Sunday evening, CNN’s Hadas Gold reports.
Oliver O’Connell16 March 2022 12:51
What time is Zelensky’s speech?
If you’re preparing to catch Volodymyr Zelensky’s speech to the US Congress live, Eric Garcia and Megan Sheets have this guide to how it’s expected to unfold.
Oliver O’Connell16 March 2022 12:50
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