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Zelenskyi plays a video about the horrors of the Russian war to Congress

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy played a heartbreaking video to Congress about the toll Russia’s war has taken on his nation as he pleaded for more aid from the US on Wednesday.

“I ask you to watch a video – a video about what the Russian troops did in our country,” said Zelenskyy said the legislature who gave him a standing ovation both before and after his landmark virtual address.

Over heartbreaking classical strings, the graphic footage showed Ukraine’s historic cities in happier times – interspersed with some of the most harrowing moments of death and destruction inflicted by invading forces.

The montage showed administrative buildings and civilian apartment blocks exploding and bursting into flames from repeated deadly airstrikes, including the horror when a maternity hospital in Mariupol was blown up a week ago, killing women and children.

The footage also showed the overwhelming trauma for children trapped in war, crying as they were forced to flee their homes – or worse, when they were fatally injured in airstrikes and gunfire.

Children were among some of the bodies featured in the clip, and medical workers wept at the helplessness of saving some.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivers a virtual address to Congress in the US Capitol on March 16, 2022.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivers a virtual address to Congress in the US Capitol on March 16, 2022.
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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy again called on the US to provide more aid to Ukraine in its fight against Russian forces.
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"Close the sky over Ukraine" Video
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asked US lawmakers to watch emotional video showing the slaughter of abandoned Russian troops.
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The montage showed administrative buildings and civilian apartment blocks exploding and bursting into flames from repeated deadly airstrikes.
The montage showed administrative buildings and civilian apartment blocks exploding and bursting into flames from repeated deadly airstrikes.
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Other bodies were still shown lying in the streets – or dumped in mass graves dug to deal with the dead in Mariupol, where local leaders insist the number is in the thousands.

“This is murder,” the video says at one point.

“We have to prevent that. We have to stop it,” Zelenskyi told MPs shortly before the clip was broadcast.

"Close the sky over Ukraine" Video
The Ukrainian President cited terrible US tragedies like 9/11 and Pearl Harbor in the video.
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"Close the sky over Ukraine" Video
The footage also showed the overwhelming trauma for children trapped in war, crying as they were forced to flee their homes.
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"Close the sky over Ukraine" Video
The video was titled “Close the skies over Ukraine” – a constant appeal from Ukraine to help stop the rocket fire.
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Ukrainian rescue workers are trying to rescue a person caught in a Russian airstrike.
Ukrainian rescue workers are trying to rescue a person caught in a Russian airstrike.
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The video was titled “Close the skies over Ukraine” – a constant appeal from Ukraine to help stop the rocket fire.

“President Biden, you are the leader of your great nation. I wish you to be the leader of the world – to be the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace,” said Zelenskyy.

The 44-year-old leader had cited Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 terrorist attacks when telling lawmakers, “We need you now.”

Several stills from the video showed bodies of victims scattered across the street.
Several stills from the video showed bodies of victims scattered across the street.
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While others showed bodies in mass graves after the attack on the Mariupol maternity ward last week.
While others showed bodies in mass graves after the attack on the Mariupol maternity ward last week.
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A Ukrainian soldier tries to save a displaced child.
A Ukrainian soldier tries to save a displaced child.
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Ukrainian forces try to help the victims of a Russian airstrike.
Ukrainian forces try to help the victims of a Russian airstrike.
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A map showing Russia's attacks in Ukraine.
A map showing Russia’s attacks in Ukraine.

“I urge you to do more,” he said.

“Today, the Ukrainian people are not only defending Ukraine – we are fighting for the values ​​of Europe and the world,” he said.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/16/zelensky-plays-congress-a-video-of-the-horrors-of-russias-war/ Zelenskyi plays a video about the horrors of the Russian war to Congress

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