Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will address the United States Congress virtually on Wednesday.
He is expected to put a desperate plea in front of American lawmakers to take decisive action against Russia to bring Ukraine out of the prevailing crisis.
Ukraine President to Address US Congress
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Monday the Ukrainian president would speak to Congress.
They requested all lawmakers to ensure their presence as war rages on in Ukraine.
Likewise, they stated that Congress is united in extending its commitment to Ukraine in these troubling times by legislating against Russia and hitting the Russian economy badly through sanctions.
While only American lawmakers are allowed to attend the session in person, it would be telecast live for the general public as well.
This address of the Ukrainian president is coming at a time when Russia’s violent campaign against Ukraine has intensified, even though both countries are in the middle of peace talks.
This is your regular reminder that when donald trump withheld military aid to Ukraine to extort President Zelenskyy, 99% of republicans in Congress turned their back on Ukraine and refused to remove trump from office.
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. 🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@BillPascrell) March 14, 2022
Reportedly, the peace negotiators want to conduct a meeting between the Russian and Ukrainian presidents as early as possible.
Zelenskyy is present in the capital of Ukraine, despite knowing he is the top target of Russian forces.
Recently, Russia abducted a Ukrainian mayor, which has raised concerns the country is up for changing the government in Ukraine.
Congress Passed Huge Funding for Ukraine
Last week, Congress passed funding of $14 billion for Ukraine, majorly to support the Department of Defense and replenish the eroding equipment of the Ukrainian army.
Similarly, a major chunk of the funding would be used on American troops in NATO who are currently stationed in Europe.
Many American senators even visited Poland over the weekend to see the battlefield closely.
Included in them are Roger Wicker of Mississippi, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Rob Portman of Ohio.
More than 40 Republican U.S. senators called for President Biden to aid “the transfer of aircraft and air defense systems” to Ukraine a day after officials quashed Poland’s offer to send fighter jets with American help. https://t.co/DTGYSAyD2a
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 11, 2022
As Ukrainians started leaving their country, most of them entered Poland, straining the resources of their neighboring country.
Some Democrats have already joined Republicans in asking Biden to send Poland’s Soviet-era planes to Ukraine. However, the Biden administrator has denied the proposal, saying it would be a step forward on the ladder of escalation.
The Ukrainian president has also requested America to give them these planes, noting that it would help the country in countering the aggression.
Over 40 GOP senators asked the Biden administration to transfer these fighter planes to Ukraine.
The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Menendez, wrote a letter to the US Secretary of State and the Defense Secretary.
In this letter, he claimed this might not be the perfect time for any European nation to donate its fighting machinery to any other country.
This is due to the expanding ambitions of Putin; however, these testing times demand extraordinary solutions.