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WATCH: Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Full Address To Congress

WATCH: Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Full Address To Congress

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the United States Congress on Wednesday morning, asking Americans to find understanding for what his country is going through, and pleading for more support, including a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

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In a video address to Congress, Zelenskyy again urged the U.S. to consider establishing a no-fly zone over Ukraine. Thus far, the U.S. has rejected this request on the grounds that it would be seen as an increased involvement in the conflict, and potentially as aggression against Russia, which risks prodding Vladimir Putin into his own escalation, potentially nuclear.

“Is this too much to ask?” Zelenskyy queried, offering that as an alternative, he would instead ask for defense systems that would let the nation protect its own skies from Russian airstrikes.

The full address is below, via CSPAN.

Zelenskyy expressed appreciation to President Joe Biden, his administration, and the United States, for the support given, including for a resolution declaring the acts of Putin against Ukraine as war crimes, but added that “in this darkest time,” he must still ask for more.

He called on the U.S. to impose more sanctions, for all U.S. corporations to pull their business out of Russia and for Congress to pressure companies to do so, and for ports to be closed to imports of Russian goods, among other things.

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In closing, he addressed President Biden:

“You are the leader of your nation. I wish you to be the leader of the world. To be the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace.”

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