Zelenskyy makes plea to US Congress for aid

The Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, visited Washington DC on December 12-13, 2023, to meet with President Joe Biden and other US officials.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Joe Biden
Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Joe Biden

He also addressed the US Congress virtually on December 15, 2023, and asked for more weapons and aid to help Ukraine defend itself and its democracy123.

According to the news reports, Zelenskyy made an impassioned plea to the US lawmakers, saying that Ukraine is not fighting just for its own freedom, but for the freedom of the whole world.

He also warned that Russia’s aggression could destabilize Europe and beyond, and urged the US to stand by its ally and partner.

He said that Ukraine needs more military equipment, ammunition, and financial assistance to sustain its resistance and deter further escalation123.

However, the US military aid package for Ukraine, worth $60 billion, is currently stalled in Congress, facing opposition from some Republicans who want to link it to other domestic issues, such as border security and asylum policy.

The Biden administration has expressed its support for Ukraine and its willingness to negotiate with the Republicans, but the time is running out as the winter approaches and the humanitarian situation worsens in Ukraine12456.

Zelenskyy’s visit to the US was seen as a critical moment for the bilateral relations and the fate of Ukraine, as well as a test for the US leadership and credibility in the international arena.

The outcome of the visit and the congressional vote on the aid package could have significant implications for the future of the war in Ukraine and the regional security123456.

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