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Zelenskyy to deliver virtual address to US Congress – Press Telegram

By LISA MASCARO

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will deliver a virtual speech to the United States Congress as the Russian war against his country intensifies.

Zelenskyy will speak with members of the House and Senate on Wednesday, Democratic leaders have announced. The event will be broadcast live to the public.

“It’s a privilege to have this leader of this country, where these people are fighting for their democracy and for our democracy,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday during an event on the Brooklyn Bridge with New York lawmakers. .

Pelosi said Zelenskyy requested the meeting when they spoke late last week, and lawmakers are “excited” that he is addressing Congress.

The conversation comes as Ukrainians fight for their country’s survival in the escalation of the war as Russian President Vladimir Putin intensifies his assault, including airstrikes on the capital Kiev. Ukrainian civilians are taking up arms to curb Putin’s regime, but the war has sparked a mass exodus of more than 2 million people from Ukraine.

“Congress, our country and the world are amazed at the people of Ukraine,” Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement announcing the speech.

They said all lawmakers are invited to the video talk at the U.S. Capitol. It comes as Congress recently approved $ 13.6 billion in emergency military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

Biden is expected to sign a major spending law on Tuesday containing aid from Ukraine. During Pelosi’s call last week, Zelenskyy said his country would need help rebuilding from the war.

“We need to do more to meet the needs of some of the 2.7 million refugees,” he said.

She said of the Ukrainians, “They are fighting for democracy in general.”

In a statement Monday, congressional leaders said that Congress “remains steadfast in our commitment to support Ukraine in the face of Putin’s cruel and diabolical aggression.”

Pelosi and Schumer said they intend to “convey our support to the people of Ukraine while bravely defending democracy.”

Zelenskyy spoke on video with House and Senate lawmakers earlier this month, and made a desperate plea for more military aid.

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Associated Press writer Michelle L. Price in New York contributed to this report.

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