It was reported earlier tonight Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will deliver a virtual address to the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a joint letter to lawmakers.
“The 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,” they wrote on Monday.
Zelenskyy has sought to drum up support for Ukraine with video briefings of foreign audiences that have included the U.S. Congress and the British parliament. Zelensky will speak at 9 a.m ET Wednesday to U.S. lawmakers.
More than 280 members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives took part in a video call with Zelenskyy on March 5 in which he is said to have made a “desperate plea” for aircraft to fight Russian invaders.
On Tuesday, he is scheduled to address the Canadian parliament and is also due to address Israel’s parliament at some point.
The Democrat-controlled U.S. Congress approved $13.6 billion in aid to Ukraine on Thursday as part of a $1.5 trillion spending bill that funds U.S. government operations through Sept. 30.
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The United States, along with its allies, has imposed broad sanctions on Russia after the invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. On Friday, President Joe Biden took more steps to punish Russia economically, targeting trade and shutting down development funds while also announcing a ban on imports of Russian seafood, vodka, and diamonds.
Zelenskyy on Friday asked Biden in a phone call to broaden the U.S. economic campaign against Russia, telling him that more should be done to cut off Russia from international trade, The Washington Post reported Sunday, citing people familiar with the call.