Addressing members of the United States contress on Wednesday, Ukrainian President Zelensky asked Congress to “do more,” and focused on Joe Biden asking him to “be the leader of peace.”
The Ukrainian President said, “In the darkest time for our country, for the whole Europe, I call on you to do more. New packages of sanctions are needed, constantly, every week until the Russian military machine stops. Restrictions are needed for everyone on whom this unjust regime is based.”
He went on to say, “To create a no-fly zone over Ukraine, to save people, is this too much to ask? Humanitarian, no-fly zone — something that Russia would not be able to terrorize our free cities. If this is too much to ask, we offer an alternative. You know what kind of defense systems we need, as 300 and similar other systems. You know how much depends on the battlefield, on the ability to use aircraft. Powerful, strong aviation to protect our people, our freedom, our land.”
Zelensky urged businesses within the United States to stop trade with Russia. “All American companies must leave Russia from their market, leave their market immediately, because it is flooded with our blood. Ladies and gentlemen, members of Congress, please take the lead, if you have companies in your districts who finance the Russian military machine leaving business in Russia, you should put pressure. I’m asking to make sure that the Russians do not receive a single penny that they use to destroy people in Ukraine,” he said.
Towards the end of his comments, Zelensky focused his comments on Joe Biden saying, “Being the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace.”