By releasing a shocking video about the war, Zelensky asks Americans to “close the skies of Ukraine”

Volodimir Zelensky on Wednesday urged the United States to provide Ukraine with more weapons to withstand aerial bombardments from Russia, and invited US lawmakers to commemorate the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and the September 11, 2001 attacks. He also called on his US counterpart Joe Biden to act like a “peace leader” in the world.

The President of Ukraine, addressing the United States Congress via video link, has issued a new once argued for a no-fly zone over his country and called for more aircraft and air defense systems.

“Russia has turned the Ukrainian sky into a source of death for thousands of people,” Volodimir Zelensky said before showing elected officials of the United States House of Representatives and Senate. a video with raw footage of the deaths and destruction caused by the Russian military offensive in his country.

Here’s the promo clip Zelensky showed for the US Congress earlier today. He just shared it on Telegram with the caption: “Close the skies over Ukraine!” Warning: very graphic images.

— Kevin Rothrock (@KevinRothrock) March 16, 2022

This video ended with these words: “Close the sky over Ukraine.”

The fear of a nuclear conflict

The Ukrainian president concluded his speech by speaking directly to Joe Biden in English: “I want you to be the leader of the world. To be the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace.”

Like most other NATO leaders, Joe Biden and US elected officials are wary of the idea of ​​a “no-fly zone” in Ukrainelest it escalate into a direct confrontation with Russia and a nuclear conflict.

The White House has also refused to support a Polish-backed plan to transfer Russian-designed MiG fighter jets to Ukraine.

The elected members of Congress gave a standing ovation to Volodimir Zelensky before and after his speech. During her presentation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi used a slogan that means “glory to Ukraine” in Ukrainian.

The Ukrainian president ended his remarks by waving to elected officials and placing a hand on his chest as a gesture of recognition.

Try to raise awareness

Joe Biden signed into law Tuesday providing for a $13.6 billion in emergency aid (12.3 billion euros) to Ukraine to enable it to buy weapons and receive humanitarian aid.

He was to announce this Wednesday that the disbursement of another $800 million in aid security level for Ukraine, a White House official said.

Volodimir Zelensky reminded elected congressmen of the Japanese attack on the Pearl Harbor base in Hawaii during World War II and the September 11 attacks in an effort to make them aware of the shock Ukraine has suffered.

Ukraine, a rare topic of convergence in Congress

“At the moment the fate of our country is being decided,” he said through an interpreter. Russia is presenting its offensive in Ukraine as a “special military operation” intended to ensure its security.

Distributed on almost every topic, Democratic and Republican elected members of the United States Congress find a rare point of convergence with Ukraine and the support to be given to this countrywith some even calling for more determined support.

The delivery of fighter jets to Ukraine is also an idea that resonates in both chambers. The US Senate unanimously passed a bill on Tuesday that calls President Vladimir Putin a war criminal.

After Churchill and Yeltsin, Zelensky

With their western allies, the United States has decided on heavy economic and financial sanctions against Russia

Joe Biden also announced a US embargo on Russian oil and gas imports† It is rare for a foreign leader to address the United States Congress in times of war.

This was the case in 1941 with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, less than three weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor prompted the United States to enter the world conflict.

In 1992, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian President Boris Yeltsin delivered a resolutely optimistic speech to US parliamentarians in which he stated in particular: “We have left behind the period when America and Russia looked at each other through the crosshairs of their guns, ready to pull the trigger at any moment.”