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WAR IN UKRANE – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky drew a parallel before the US Congress this Wednesday, March 16, between the Moscow-led war in Ukraine and the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States and the attack on the Japanese air force against the US base at Pearl Harbor in 1941.
“In your great history, you have pages that allow you to understand Ukrainians,” he said in a videoconference address to elected Americans. “Think of Pearl Harbor, that terrible morning of December 7, 1941, when your skies were darkened by the planes that attacked you,” “remember September 11, that terrible day in 2001,” he said.
President Zelensky shows the US Congress a video of his country being destroyed by Vladimir Putin’s forces, telling America, “To be the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace.” pic.twitter.com/QBFYc8Ex1H
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“Europe has not experienced this terror in 80 years,” he hammered during his speech, in which he also showed a video of his country under the bombs and again called for the establishment of a no-fly zone.
Volodymyr Zelensky: “I ask you to do more today. We must introduce more sanctions every week until Russian aggression stops” pic.twitter.com/RB7m8bITMh
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“As the leader of my nation, I address President Biden,” the Ukrainian head of state also launched, speaking in English at the end of his speech. “You are the leader of a nation, of your great nation. I want you to be the leader of the world. To be the leader of the world is to be the leader of peace,” he declared in a khaki T-shirt from Ukraine, after thanking Joe Biden for his help, but also pleading with Americans and their Western allies for more to do save his country from the Russian invasion.
Volodymyr Zelensky received a standing ovation from Congress before starting his speech. “Slava Ukraina”, “Glory to Ukraine”, launched the Speaker of the House of Representatives to introduce her speech.
For Biden, Putin is ‘a war criminal’
Shortly after the Ukrainian president’s intervention, Vladimir Putin believed that the avalanche of Western sanctions and convictions affecting Russia, its economy, its athletes and its cultural world is comparable to anti-Semitic persecutions. Casually adding that the Russian “special operation” was a success.
“The West has dropped the mask of decency and started behaving obnoxiously. Parallels are clear with the anti-Semitic pogroms,” he said at a televised government meeting.
During a short speech on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden said he wanted “Putin to pay a high price”. Asked by a journalist as he left an event dedicated to the fight against domestic violence at the White House, the US president first described his Russian counterpart as a “war criminal”.
“The president spoke from his heart and from what you saw on television, that is, the barbaric actions of a ruthless dictator,” his spokeswoman Jen Psaki said shortly afterwards. She clarified that “legal proceedings (was) still pending at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs” regarding a legal classification of “war crimes” committed by Russia in Ukraine.
The Kremlin immediately responded in the evening. “We consider such rhetoric from the head of state, whose bombs have killed hundreds of thousands of people around the world, unacceptable and unforgivable,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the TASS and Ria Novosti agencies.
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