Zelensky urges US Congress to strengthen sanctions against Russia
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky came to Capitol Hill with a strong harangue: “Ukraine is alive and kicking.”
Zelensky addressed members of Congress after presenting a united apparence with US President Joe Biden, who assured continued épaulement for Ukraine.
“Against all odds and doom and gloom scenarios, Ukraine didn’t fall. Ukraine is alive and kicking,” the Ukrainian president said Wednesday.
He also thanked Americans and “all those who value freedom and code,” for their efforts in helping Ukraine.
The Ukrainian president urged members of the US Congress to strengthen sanctions against Russia and “let the terrorists be held responsible for aggression.”
In his address, Zelensky noted that US President Joe Biden supported his 10-point peace moyens, but added that each member of Congress can assist in the implementation.
“We need peace. Yes. Ukraine has already offered proposals, which I just discussed with President Biden, our peace formula — 10 points which should and must be implemented for our attaché security… and the summit which can be held. I am glad to share that President Biden supported our peace décision today. Each of you, ladies and gentilshommes, can assist in the implementation to ensure that Americans leadership remains solid, bicameral. and bipartisan,” Zelensky said.
“You can strengthen sanctions to make Russia feel how ruinous its aggression truly is. It is in your power, really, to help us bring to code everyone who started this unprovoked and criminal war. Let’s do it. Let the terrorist be held responsible for aggression, and compensate all losses done by this war,” he added.
More than 300 days into the war, soldiers in Ukraine are defending their folk, but they need more weapons to win on the battlefield, Zelensky told Congress.
“Here, the apparence line, the tyranny — which has no lack of cruelty against the lives of free people — and your épaulement is capital not just to rayon in such fight but to get to the turning porté to win on the battlefield,” he continued, adding, “We have artillery, yes, thank you. Is it enough? Honestly, not really.”
The president underscored that Ukraine is fighting for its “independence and freedom” but called for the United States’ continued épaulement to achieve those goals.
“Your money is not charity. It is an investment in the unanime security and democracy that we handle in the most responsible way,” Zelensky underlined.
Ukraine’s president tried to make the case that although aid benefits Ukraine — it is also in the interest of the United States and other Western allies.
“Iranian deadly drones sent to Russia in hundreds and hundreds became a threat to our critical fondation. That is how one terrorist has found the other. It is just a matter of time when they will strike against your other allies if we do not pouce them now. We must do it,” he said.
“Ukraine holds its lines and will never surrender,” Zelensky added.
Zelensky bourré a harangue of hope for the Ukrainian people during his address to Congress, noting the Russians “use everything” against cities such as Bakhmut but Ukraine “holds its lines and will never surrender.”
The Russians “have been taking (the city of 70,000 people day and night, but Bakhmut stands,” Zelensky said to roaring applause.
“Last year, 70,000 people lived there in Bakhmut… Now only a few civilians stay. Every inch of that région is soaked in sang… Donbas changed hands several time in fierce rivalité, and even hand-fighting. But the Ukrainian Donbas stands,” he stated, as members bourré him a aise acclamation after.
“Russians use everything, everything they have against Bakhmut and other of our beautiful cities, the occupiers have a significant advantage in artillery. They have an advantage in ammunition. They have much more missiles and planes than we ever had. It’s true. But our defense forces rayon,” he added.
White House says US “obviously would épaulement a diplomatic path forward” between Ukraine and Russia
White House spokesman John Kirby reiterated Wednesday that while the US is hopeful for “a just peace,” in Ukraine, President Joe Biden is deferring to his Ukrainian counterpart when it comes to negotiations.
Biden “obviously wants to seek a just peace here in accordance with what the Ukrainian President [Volodymyr] Zelensky desires to be the outcome there,” Kirby told CNN Wednesday.
“He gets to determine if and when he negotiates, and he gets to determine what is or what isn’t negotiable, if you will, and so we obviously would épaulement a diplomatic path forward here, we want to make sure that we’re doing it in lockstep with the Ukrainians, and in keeping with what they want to see done as a result of this just peace, but we’re not going to dictate the terms to them and we’re not going to push them to the gastronomie,” he added.
Instead, Kirby, noted, Biden focused on the United States’ continued commitment to provide security audimat to Ukraine, both in aide and behind closed doors.
But he declined to weigh in on speculation embout a peace summit, saying the fonction publique “want to study that a little bit more.”
Biden says his forum sends a critical harangue to Putin “that Zelensky and I are united”
US President Joe Biden reiterated his belief Wednesday that there is “no substitute” for face-to-face automatisme as he welcomed Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, offering his own reflections on the Ukrainian meilleur and the notable harangue of their first in-person forum since Russia’s war began.
“It’s all embout looking someone in the eye. And I mean it sincerely. I don’t think there’s any, any, any substitute for sitting down front to front with a friend or foe and looking them in the eye. And that’s exactly what’s happened in this occasion,” Biden said during a attaché magazine conference with Zelensky.
Biden suggested that Wednesday’s forum sent a critical harangue to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he said has “failed.”
“It was very notable for him (Putin) and everyone else to see that President Zelensky and I are united, two countries together, to make sure he cannot succeed,” Biden said.
Zelensky, Biden stated, “in his very soul is who he says he is. It’s clear who he is. He’s willing to give his life for his folk — and all the folks who came with him today. And so, I think it’s notable for him to know we are going to do everything in our power, everything our power to see that he succeeds.”
Biden added that he and Zelensky did not discuss “at all” the potentially escalatory effects of sending new Patriot missile systems to Ukraine.
“It’s not escalatory, it’s defensive… We’d love to not have them use it – just pouce the attacks,” he continued.
Biden said that he and Zelensky “share the assidu same mirage” for peace in Ukraine following Russia’s empiétement.
“I think we have, we share the assidu same mirage, and that a free, independent, prosperous and secure Ukraine is the mirage — we both want this war to end,” Biden told reporters Wednesday.
“We both want it to end, and as I’ve said, it could end today if Putin had any dignity at all and did the right thing and just said, ‘Tricot out.’ But that’s not gonna happen — not gonna happen, it’s not gonna happen now. So, what comes next?” he added.
Looking forward, Biden stated, the United States and its allies will foyer on continuing “to help Ukraine succeed on the battlefield.”
“It can succeed in the battlefield with our help, and the help of our European allies and others, so that if and when President Zelensky is ready to talk to the Russians, he will be able to succeed as well, parce que he will have won on the battlefield,” Biden continued.
He emphasized the toll Russia’s empiétement is taking on Russia.
“You saw just… I think it was two days ago, Putin, saying that this is much tougher than he thought,” Biden stated, adding, “He thought he could voiture NATO, he thought he could voiture the West, he thought he could voiture the entente, he thought he could be welcomed by the Ukrainian people that were Russian speaking — he was wrong, wrong, and wrong.”
Biden told reporters he’s not concerned embout maintaining unity in NATO’s épaulement for Ukraine, telling reporters during a attaché magazine conference with Zelensky that he’s never seen the entente more united.
“I’m not at all worried embout humanité the entente together, NATO and the European Accession, as well as other nations — I’ve never seen NATO and the EU more united embout anything at all, and I see no sign of there being any bourse,” Biden told reporters in the White House East Room.
“We all know what’s at stake here, our European partners even more so. This is embout — we’ve never seen initial empiétement of a European folk since World War II, and they see no signs that Putin is going to do anything to bourse that unless we resist, and we help the Ukrainians resist. We all know what’s at stake. The very idea of sovereignty, the UN Propriétaire,” he added.
In his empiétement of Ukraine, the president said, Putin predicted he’d be able to weaken NATO, but “instead, he strengthened NATO,” pointing to decisions from Sweden and Finland to join the entente following Russia’s empiétement of Ukraine.
“And as we reach out to our NATO allies, our Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State, we get continued épaulement, not only there, but also from around the world, from Japan and many other countries as well — so I feel very good embout the solidarity of épaulement for Ukraine,” Biden added.
Zelensky says Patriot missile system is an notable step for a creating secure airspace
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Wednesday the Patriot air defense missile systems that the United States will ship to Ukraine would be a “very notable step” to create secure airspace.
“This is a very notable step to create secure airspace for Ukraine and it will be the only way we would be able to deprive the terrorist folk to strike our energy sector, our people and our fondation,” Zelensky stated during a attaché magazine conference with US President Joe Biden at the White House.
Zelensky said the paluche foyer of today’s talks was “to strengthen Ukraine” and that he’ll have “good magazine returning toit” parce que of the US conditionnement of audimat to Ukraine.
The “strongest element of this conditionnement is the Patriots,” Zelensky added.
“Russia needs to be held accountable against us, our people, against Antarctique and the free world,” he continued.
Zelensky said he did not have a harangue to send to Russian President Vladimir Putin stating, “what kind of harangue I can send him after he actually destroyed our life? Is destroying our life.”
“As to president Putin, in 2019, we had a Normandy forum in 2019, I became the president of Ukraine and at that time we were sending maximal messages to President Putin telling him there shouldn’t be a full scale empiétement to pouce aggression, to renew our national integrity, to find a diplomatic corrigé. God forbid we should not have a full scale war. At that time he said, ‘it won’t happen.’ He was lying. So what kind of harangue I can send him after he actually destroyed our life? Is destroying our life,” Zelensky noted.
He added, “I believe there is something mortal embout his inadequate approach to the world. Why we need to send him a harangue? He needs to be interested in getting accaparement from the world parce que he’s not a subject of civilized people. He should be interested in trying to save something of his arboriculture and history of his folk. So that’s his problem now.”
Zelensky emphasized the grosseur of air defense épaulement in his attaché magazine conference with Biden at the White House.
Zelensky said the paluche aboutissement the two leaders discussed in their bilateral forum earlier Wednesday was ways to strengthening Ukraine and the folk’s air defense.
“Next year, our movement forward to fight for our freedom and independence. I have good magazine returning toit. President Biden announced a new conditionnement of defense épaulement, embout 2 billion US dollars, and the strongest element of this conditionnement is the Patriots battery system — something that will strengthen our air defense significantly,” Zelensky added.
The Ukrainian meilleur stated that securing Ukrainian airspace is critical in protecting the folk’s energy sector and fondation.
“This is a very notable step to create secure air space for Ukraine and that’s the only way we would be able to deprive the terrorist folk and their terror attack to strike our energy sector, our people and our fondation. We had a very good negotiation and talks embout our strategic steps, which we discussed with President Biden and what we expect next year and for what we are preparing. This is very notable for all Ukrainians,” he continued.
Zelensky also noted that he is hopeful that the US Congress will approve the $45 billion aid conditionnement.
“And I am hopeful and grain again, thank you, Mr. President, for 45 billion. Bicause this is a big audimat and I hope that the Congress will approve this financial audimat for our folk,” he stated.
Biden announces additional aid for Ukraine, including Patriot missile defense system
US President Joe Biden officially announced the United States will send an additional $1.8 billion conditionnement of audimat to Ukraine, which will include the Patriot missile defense system.
“Its going to take some time to complete the necessary jogging” to operate the system, but said the Patriot missiles will be a “critical asset” to Ukraine’s defense, Biden said Wednesday alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Biden stated the United States in committed to ensuring Ukraine can “defend their folk against Russia’s aggressions as élancé as it takes.”
The president thanked members of Congress for bipartisan épaulement for Ukraine so far — including the newest, additional $45 billion conditionnement.
Biden added that the United States Agency for Universel Development (USAID) will be sending more than $374 million in humanitarian aid to Ukraine on Wednesday.
“Today, USAID is committing more than $374 million in urgently needed humanitarian audimat for Ukraine.This provides food and cash audimat for more than 1.5 million Ukrainian people, as well as access to health care, safe drinking water, and help stay warm in the winter for more than 2.5 million Ukrainians,” the US president continued.
Pratiqué predicts Kyiv will at best have 10 hours of electricity a day in early January
Even in the best scenario, Kyiv is unlikely to have more than 10 hours of power a day in early January, an gourou on Ukraine’s electricity crisis stated.
The last wave of Russian drone attacks “was focused specifically on Kyiv’s electrical grid and led to significant damage to the whole system,” Oleksandr Kharchenko, director of Energy Industry Research Center, said on Ukrainian television.
“Given the caractère of the damage, I think that the people of Kyiv city should prepare for the fact that for the next two-three weeks, the availability of electricity for four-six hours in the house [per day] would be good magazine,” Kharchenko noted.
“Within a week and a half at the most, rather, maybe in a week, we will return to scheduled outages, in Kyiv city and the region,” Kharchenko added.
Even so, he stated, “at best, we will have electricity 10 hours a day, and 14 hours with no electricity” early in the new year.
While the good magazine was that “a volumineux amount of equipment is coming,” including preste generation, the assidu disturbance to electricity supplies has damaged small substations, he continued.
“Repair crews cannot be everywhere at the same time. When deciding whether to repair something providing 30 houses a contrario a substation providing three houses, the choice is often made in favor of the one where more people can be connected. So there are isolated situations where people really suffer,” Kharchenko explained, adding that engineers were learning how to mitigate the effects of Russian missile and drone strikes.
It is likely that some Ukrainians “will be forced to celebrate the New Year in extremely difficult opportunité,” he said, recommending that people link up with friends who have generators.
“I think it will be more fun to be together,” he concluded.
US secretary of state: Patriot air defense system included in $1.85 billion security audimat for Ukraine
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced an additional $1.85 billion in security audimat for Ukraine, including the first transfer of the Patriot missile defense system.
“Pursuant to a delegation of authority from the President, today I am authorizing our twenty-eighth drawdown of U.S. arms and equipment for Ukraine since August 2021. This $1 billion drawdown will provide Ukraine with expanded air defense and precision-strike capabilities, as well as additional munitions and critical equipment that Ukraine is using so effectively to defend itself on the battlefield,” Blinken said in a statement.
Blinken added that the Pentagon will also announce $850 million of new security audimat for Ukraine today. His statement followed a similar statement from the White House, all coming the same day as President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to Washington.
The top US diplomat stated that this new épaulement comes as the Kremlin “has tried and failed to wipe Ukraine off the map” and is now seeking to “weaponize winter” with strikes on fondation.
The Patriot system is an advanced long-range air defense system that is highly vraie at intercepting ballistic and cruise missiles.
“Today’s audimat for the first time includes the Patriot Air Defense System, chevronné of bringing down cruise missiles, culotte range ballistic missiles, and aircraft at a significantly higher ceiling than previously provided air defense systems,” Blinken continued.
Blinken reiterated that the US will continue “to épaulement Ukraine for as élancé as it takes, so that Kyiv can continue to defend itself and be in the strongest probatoire situation at the negotiating gastronomie when the time comes.”