The Ukrainian President received a standing ovation from US lawmakers before addressing a joint session of Congress in Washington on Wednesday. The applause for Zelensky lasted for more than two minutes.
At the beginning of his speech, Zelensky said that “against all odds, Ukraine did not fall, it is alive.” “This battle is not only for territory, it is not only for life and freedom, it is for democracy in Ukraine,” he added.
Zelensky vowed that his country would never surrender to Russia in his address to a joint session of the US Congress on Wednesday night.
“Ukraine is holding its lines and will never surrender,” Zelensky said.
US aid to Ukraine is not charity, but an investment in security, declared the Ukrainian President. “Your money is not charity, it is an investment in global security and democracy that we manage in the most responsible way,” Zelensky said during a speech before a joint session of Congress.
Zelensky is received by deputies and senators at the US Capitol.
Zelensky’s message after meeting with Biden: “I thank Biden for the warm welcome and deeply appreciate all the support from the US and the American people. I am confident that together we will be able to ensure a better, prosperous and free future for our two nations. The victory of Ukraine will also be the victory of the United States.
thank you @POTUS for the warm welcome and I deeply appreciate all the support of the US and the American people. I am confident that together we will be able to secure a better, prosperous and free future for both of our nations. Ukraine’s victory will also be America’s victory. pic.twitter.com/OhclRtwIJy
— Volodimir Zelensky (@ZelenskyyUa) December 22, 2022
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Democrat Nancy Pelosimet with Zelensky at the Capitol.
After the meeting, the legislator celebrated the Ukrainian’s visit to the United States and assured that Russia “is using women and children as weapons of war. Putin will have to pay for that.”
“Since the beginning of the invasion, Ukrainians have faced Putin’s brutality with a scathing will. I want to applaud President Biden’s plan to send the Patriot missile system and other military equipment to Ukraine”, he added.
For his part, Zelensky said: “It is a great honor for me, and I want to convey all the messages I have prepared in your language, with all due respect to your country, for your support of Ukraine in the battle for its freedom.”
Biden announced that his country will allocate an additional $374 million in humanitarian assistance to Ukraine during a visit to Washington by his Ukrainian counterpart.
Biden made the announcement at a joint press conference with Zelenski at the White House, where he indicated that these funds, which will be channeled through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will meet the needs of millions of Ukrainians. such as access to health care, drinking water and heating.
A “just peace” Ending Russia’s war in Ukraine means making no concessions to the country’s territorial integrity, Zelensky declared.
“For me, as president, “just peace” is not making concessions regarding the sovereignty, freedom and territorial integrity of my country; compensation for all the damage inflicted by the Russian aggression, ”he said at the press conference.
Biden declared that he was confident that the Western alliance would stick together around Ukraine.
“I am not at all concerned that the alliance will be maintained,” Biden told the press after a meeting at the White House with the Ukrainian leader. “I feel very good about solidarity and support for Ukraine,” Biden said.
The Patriot missile system that the United States is providing to Ukraine will “significantly” strengthen the country’s air defenses against Russian attacks, President Volodimir Zelensky said on Wednesday.
“The strongest element of this package is the Patriot battery systems, something that will significantly strengthen our air defense,” Zelensky said through a translator at a joint White House news conference with his US counterpart Joe Biden.
“It is a very important step to create a safe airspace for Ukraine.”
US President Joe Biden told Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky after a meeting at the White House on Wednesday that Ukraine “She will never be alone.”
“The Ukraine fight is part of something much bigger,” Biden said at a joint news conference with Zelensky at his side, pledging that the United States will stand behind “Russian aggression” for “as long as it takes. ”
After the meeting at the White House, Zelensky and Biden will offer a press conference in the East Room. The Ukrainian president was scheduled to address Congress in the afternoon, which would be attended by Vice President Kamala Harris.
Biden welcomed Zelensky from his Twitter account.
America welcomes you, Mr. President. pic.twitter.com/emqWCAYaTv
—President Biden (@POTUS) December 21, 2022
The Kremlin warned on Wednesday that increasing US arms supplies to kyiv would aggravate the devastating war, sparked 10 months ago by Russia’s illegal invasion, and “does no good” for beleaguered Ukraine.
During a meeting with its top military commanders, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow would use combat experience to improve its armed forces. He told military leaders to look at Western weapons used by Ukraine to “develop our armed forces and strengthen the capacity of our troops.”
Zelensky’s arrival on video.
US President Joe Biden vowed to increase support for Ukraine on Wednesday and praised its resistance to Russian invaders as he hosted President Volodimir Zelensky at the White House.
“We are going to continue to strengthen Ukraine’s ability to defend itself, particularly air defense,” Biden told Zelensky, who thanked the US leader for “his great support.”
Meeting with Biden in the Oval Office, Zelensky thanked the US president, Congress and “ordinary people” for their support of Ukraine. In his turn, the Democratic president told him that the Ukrainian people “continue to impress the world.”
Joe Biden receives Volodimir Zelensky at the White House.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken celebrated Zelensky’s arrival: “Today, we welcome President Zelenskyy to the United States with the announcement of $1.85 billion in new military aid to Ukraine. As Ukraine’s defenders push back Russian forces, the United States stands united with Ukraine.”
In a message on his Telegram account, Zelensky wrote: “I am in Washington today to thank the American people, the President, and Congress for their much-needed support. And also to continue cooperating to bring our victory closer. In particular, we will talk about bilateral cooperation”.
The European Union applauded this Wednesday the visit of the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenski, to the United States to meet with its president, Joe Biden, downplaying the fact that the first international trip since the start of the war was not to Europe, recalling that Europe’s top leaders have traveled to kyiv in recent months to show their support against Russian military aggression.
“We welcome President Zelensky’s trip to Washington to discuss greater US support for Ukraine as a clear sign of strong international support for Ukraine in its resistance to Russian aggression,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman told Europa Press. bloc, Peter Stano, who has stressed that Brussels and Washington have gone hand in hand leading international efforts to support Ukraine. “The EU will continue to provide Ukraine with unprecedented support for as long as it is needed,” he said.
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, has acknowledged this Wednesday that he is “delighted” with the visit of his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodimir Zelenski, with whom he has warned that he has “a lot to discuss” in the framework of their face-to-face meeting in washington.
In a message on his social networks, Biden has wished President Zelenski a good trip on what is already the first time that the Ukrainian president has left the country since the outbreak of the war, back in the last days of February.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Washington on Wednesday for his first trip abroad since Russia invaded in late February, the White House announced.
Zelensky arrived at Andrews Air Force Base outside the US capital, according to television footage, with a large convoy meeting him on the tarmac.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosihas sent a letter to President Zelensky inviting him to speak before Congress.
“In the face of Putin’s horrific atrocities, Ukrainian freedom fighters have inspired the world with an iron will and unwavering spirit, fighting back against Russia’s brutal and unwarranted invasion,” the House Speaker wrote. “During this dark time, your courageous, patriotic and indefatigable leadership has united not only your people, but the world, to join the front lines of the fight for freedom.”
It is with immense respect and admiration for his extraordinary leadership that I extend on behalf of bipartisan Congressional leadership an invitation for @ZelenskyyUa to address a Joint Meeting of Congress at 7:30 p.m. ET tonight.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) December 21, 2022
Zelensky He is traveling on an Air Force plane from the North American country that will arrive shortly in Washington.
He will arrive at the White House at 2:00 p.m. Washington time. There he will be received by the President of the United States. Joe Biden. Half an hour later the bilateral meeting between the leaders will begin.
At 4:30 p.m. local time, the joint press conference between Biden and Zelensky will begin.
At 6:15 p.m., the Ukrainian leader will arrive at the Capitol and at 7:30 p.m. he will speak before a joint session of Congress.
Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky meets his US counterpart, Joe Biden, in Washington this Wednesday and will speak before Congress on his first international trip since the start of the Russian invasion at the end of February.