© Reuters. Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska attends a meeting with members of the United States Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 20, 2022. Saul Loeb / Pool via REUTERS
By Patricia Zengerle and Rose Horowitch
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ukraine’s first lady Olena Zelenska on Tuesday called on U.S. lawmakers to do more help for her country as it grapples with a five-month invasion of Russia. , said the weapon could help ensure a “common great victory”.
“We remain completely broken when our world is destroyed by war. Tens of thousands of such worlds have been destroyed in Ukraine,” she said, through a translator, in a 15-minute speech. emotional minutes in front of members of the US House of Representatives and Senate.
Zelenska, wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, showed videos of children she believes have been injured or killed, including a three-year-old boy now in Germany learning how to use prosthetic limbs.
“How many kids like him are there in Ukraine? How many families like this can still be ravaged by war? This is Russia’s ‘Hunger Game’,” she said, referring to a series of novels. and movies where people hunt each other down.
“I am asking for weapons, weapons that will not be used to wage war on someone else’s land, but to protect one’s home and the right to wake up alive in that house,” Zelenska said.
“The answer is right here in Washington, D.C.… Help us stop this terror against Ukrainians and this will be our great shared victory in the name of life, freedom,” she said. and the pursuit of happiness”.
The Biden administration says the United States has provided $8 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the war began, including $2.2 billion last month. Members of Congress responded enthusiastically and said they were ready to authorize more.
“They are not asking for American soldiers. They are asking for American weapons. I think now is the time to put another aid package in 2023 with advanced weapons supplies and economic support to continue. fight,” Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said after the speech.
“What we see here is a human tragedy right in front of our eyes, innocent people being murdered. Why? Because they are Ukrainians. It’s genocide. That’s what happened. happened during World War II. And that needs to be stopped,” said Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal.
Ukraine’s president said he expected “significant results” from his wife’s meetings in Washington. She met with President Joe Biden and US first lady Jill Biden on Tuesday at the White House.
Russia called its actions in Ukraine a “special military operation” aimed at ensuring its own security. Zelenskiy led his country in standing up against Moscow.