Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will deliver a virtual address to the United States Congress Wednesday as his nation struggles to expel Russian forces from its borders.
The speech was confirmed by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer Monday, releasing a joint statement that read: “Congress remains unwavering in our commitment to supporting Ukraine as they face Putin’s cruel and diabolical aggression, and to passing legislation to cripple and isolate the Russian economy as well as deliver humanitarian, security and economic assistance to Ukraine.”
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“The Congress, our country and the world are in awe of the people of Ukraine, who have shown extraordinary courage, resilience and determination in the face of Russia’s unprovoked, vicious, and illegal war,” the Democratic leadership explained. “As war rages on in Ukraine, it is with great respect and admiration for the Ukrainian people that we invite all Members of the House and Senate to attend a Virtual Address to the United States Congress delivered by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine on Wednesday, March 16th at 9:00 a.m.”
Zelenskyy has previously addressed European leaders in Brussels and British Members of Parliament in London, asking for more support and military equipment to defeat Russian forces.
According to the United Nations, at least 2,000 Ukrainian soldiers and 6,000 Russian troops have been killed since fighting began on Oct. 24.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.