Ukraine War: President Zelensky Tells US Congress to ‘Remember’ Pearl Harbor and 9/11 Attacks | world news

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Ukraine’s president asked the US Congress in Washington to “remember” Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 attacks, when “innocents” were attacked from the air, as he appealed for more support.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy was greeted with a standing ovation ahead of his powerful remarks, which he delivered via video link from Ukraine.

Echoing the words of Martin Luther King, Mr Zelenskyy told American politicians: “I have a dream…I have a need…I need to protect our skies – I need your decision, for your help.

“Russia has turned the Ukrainian skies into a source of death.”

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He added that Russia “didn’t just attack us, not just our land, not just our cities, it launched a brutal offensive against our values.”

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Referring to the 9/11 attacks and Pearl Harbor, he told Congress “you couldn’t stop it – our country went through the same thing every day.”

He added: “Right now the fate of our country is being decided.”

At a meeting of the House of Representatives and the Senate, Mr Zelenskyy urged Congress to provide more weapons to help his country fight against Russian airstrikes.

He said: “This is a terror that Europe has not seen for 80 years, and we are asking for our lives, an answer to this terror from all over the world. Is that asking a lot? To create a no-fly zone over Ukraine to save people?

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“If it’s too much to ask, we offer an alternative. You know what kind of defense systems we need.”

The United States and the international community have warned that imposing a no-fly zone could escalate the war with nuclear-armed Russia.

Mr Zelenskyy showed a video containing graphic images of death and destruction from the conflict which ended with “close the skies over Ukraine”.

He called for new sanctions against Russia, including the withdrawal of all American companies.

The Ukrainian leader concluded his speech with a direct plea in English addressed to US President Joe Biden: “I wish you to be the leader of the world. To be the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivers virtual address to Congress on Capitol Hill
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Mr Zelenskyy said Russia had launched a ‘brutal offensive’

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It is rare for foreign leaders to address the US Congress in times of conflict.

In 1941, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill addressed Congress weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor dragged the United States into World War II.

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