On Saturday, Ukrain President Volodymyr Zelenskyy requested the U.S. lawmakers to do more to force Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
Zelenskyy is asking to have a negotiation to force Russian leader Vladimir to end the war on his country — including the establishment of a no-fly zone, additional direct aid, and a ban on oil imports from Moscow.
Zelenskyy spoke on a Zoom video call with more than 280 senators and House members. He wore a military green T-shirt, spoke aside a Ukrainian flag, and appealed to the U.S. lawmakers for more help.
Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said on Fox News Channel “He spoke from the heart,” he also added that Zelenskyy also requested to close the skies with a no-fly zone.
The Ukrainian leader also urged the U.S. to ban Russian oil imports — a cause with bipartisan support on the Hill but plenty of domestic political volatility — and target its sanctions regime directly at the Russian people, the people said. He called on lawmakers to pressure eastern-flank NATO partners to approve the transfer of planes that Ukrainian pilots are already trained to fly.
The Ukraine President was previously reported survived three assassination attempts, he was also offered by the Biden administration to evacuate but he choose to remain in his country to fight for his people. Zelenskyy is now bluntly requested more lethal aid for Ukraine.
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An emotional Zelenskyy told participants on the call that it might be the last time they see him alive. He sought to tie Russia’s war on Ukraine directly to European security by noting that Ukraine has 15 nuclear plants, contending that continued bloodshed could cause a nuclear disaster with ramifications for the entire continent.
“This will become Europe’s problem” if the U.S. and NATO countries don’t take additional actions, Zelenskyy said through a translator, according to two of the people who participated. One of the sources described Zelenskyy’s plea as a shift in the way he has been communicating about the threat of nuclear disaster.
“If you had started sanctions months ago, there would not have been war,” Zelenskyy also reportedly said, according to another Senate source who spoke to Fox.
Ukraine is not a member of NATO, and so the treaty’s Article 5 requiring all member nations to come to the aid of any nation that is attacked would not apply.
One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s major contentions, which led to his escalation of a longstanding conflict between the two nations into an outright invasion, is Ukraine’s desire to join the treaty organization.
After the Zoom meeting ended, lawmakers praised Zelenskyy and reiterated some of his calls for additional military assistance.
Zelenskyy also called the Russians “devils,” according to Daines, and described the horrors of the war and how Russians are killing and shelling civilians.
He said children were killed in kindergartens and at a special needs school, three nuclear plants have been attacked, and the Russians won’t let fire departments extinguish fires, according to another Senate source.
“Don’t allow brave and strong people who share your values to be exterminated,” Zelenskyy told lawmakers, according to the Senate source.
“President Zelenskyy made a desperate plea for Eastern European countries to provide Russian-made planes to Ukraine,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. “These planes are very much needed. And I will do all I can to help the administration to facilitate their transfer.”