VOLODYMYR Zelensky likened Putin to Hitler while insisting Ukraine needs more weapons as he addressed Congress.
In a rousing speech at the Capitol, Zelensky appealed to Americans by referencing former US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who served between 1933 و 1945, and efforts to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation.
هو قال: “Just like the brave American soldiers, which gave their lives and fought back Hitler’s forces during the Christmas of 1944, brave Ukrainian soldiers are doing the same this Christmas.”
Clad in the khaki fatigues, هو قال: “Your money is not charity, it’s an investment in the global security and democracy that we handle in the most responsible way.”
The comedian-turn-president said artillery was “not enough”, ومع ذلك, and said the US could “speed up” Ukraine’s triumph over Moscow.
Speaking in English, هو قال: “We have artillery, نعم, شكرا لك. Is it enough? Not really.
“To ensure Bakhmut is not just a stronghold that holds back the Russian army – but for the Russian army to pull out completely – more cannons and shells are needed.
“Russia could stop its aggression, حقا, if it wanted to. But you can speed up our victory, I know it.”
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It comes as Congress finalises a new package of $45 billion in emergency assistance to Ukraine on top of some $50 billion already sent this year.
Joe Biden on Wednesday also unveiled اخر $1.85 billion in military aid for Ukraine including a Patriot air defence system to help it ward off barrages of Russian missiles.
But some Republicans, who will take control of the House of Representatives from Democrats on January 3, have expressed concerns about the price tag.
They could hold up billions of dollars in war aid starting next month.
But Zelensky on Wednesday promoted a thunderous ovation as he declared that Ukraine will “never surrender” and warned that the stakes of the conflict were greater than just the fate of his nation.
هو قال: “This battle cannot be ignored, hoping that the ocean or something else will provide protection.”
Zelensky thanked the US for its support and said it was a “privilige” to speak to Americans.
هو قال: “It is a great honor for me to be at the US Congress and speak to you and all Americans.
“Against all doom and gloom scenarios, Ukraine did not fall. Ukraine is alive and kicking.
“We defeated Russia in the battle for the minds of the world.”
Zelensky went on to say Russians “will stand a chance to be free only when they defeat the Kremlin in their minds”.
The war leader told Congress: “Yet the battle continues and we have to defeat the Kremlin on the battlefield.
“These battles are not only for the territory, the battle is not only for life, freedom and security of Ukrainians or any other nation which Russia attempts to conquer.
“This struggle will define in what world our children and grandchildren will live and then their children and grandchildren.
“It will define whether it will be a democracy of Ukrainians, and for Americans, for all.”
Zelensky also reminded members Russia has an “advantage” in the military with guns, planes and ammunition.
At the end of his speech, he presented Congress with a Ukrainian flag given to him by defenders on the frontline in Bakhmut.
Just a day before touching down in the US, Zelensky visited the war-torn city.
The US leader stood beside Zelensky to urge Americans and the world to keep supporting Kyiv in 2023 as the Ukrainian leader made his first foreign wartime visit.
Biden said: “As we head into the New Year, it’s important for the American people, and for the world, to hear directly from you Mr President about Ukraine’s fight and the need to continue to stand together through 2023.”
The US president added he had never seen NATO nor the European Union more united than about Ukraine.
Zelensky said: “We are discussing sanctions and legal pressure on the terrorist country Russia.”
The Ukrainian president earlier presented Biden with a medal offered by a captain of a HIMARS rocket unit and expressed gratitude for his role in helping Ukraine and rallying support.