Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke via Zoom to a bipartisan group of U.S. senators and members of the House of Representatives Saturday morning to plead for additional American aid to his beleaguered country.
“Zelensky thanked the US for its support and asked for additional security assistance,” a Senate source told the Post.
The embattled Ukrainian leader expressed support for a possible US boycott of Russian oil in response to a question from West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, the sources said.
Zelensky scheduled the 9:30 a.m. call with lawmakers before congressional debate on a request for a $10 billion emergency funding package that would provide humanitarian and security assistance, NBC News reported.
“In Congress, we’re likely to approve an additional $5-8 billion in military aid over the next few weeks,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) told MSNBC just before the call began.
The entire Senate and the 80-member Ukrainian House caucus have been invited to speak with Zelensky over the video call, the first time lawmakers have been able to speak to the embattled leader since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his invasion 10 days ago . according to The Hill.
Senator Marco Rubio shared an image from the conversation on Twitter on Saturday morning, showing Zelensky sitting next to a Ukrainian flag and wearing his now signature army green T-shirt.
“Russia’s Air Force has its worst day yet in Ukraine” Rubio tweeted in the middle of the discussion. “Multiple kills and dead and captured pilots.”
Zelenskyy on Friday published a glowing speech He criticized NATO for refusing to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine, claiming the decision gave Russia a “green light” to continue shelling his country.
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