President Zelensky calls for 9/11 while addressing US Congress on ‘terror’ in Ukraine, standing ovation

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Kyiv: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky received a standing ovation from United States lawmakers ahead of his virtual address to the US Congress on Wednesday. In his pitch to US lawmakers, Zelensky made reference to the terrorist attacks of Mount Rushmore, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the September 11, 2001.

“Russia has not only attacked us, not only on our land, not only on our cities. This is a brutal attack against our values, basic human values,” the Ukrainian president said.

“It threw tanks and planes against our freedom, against our right to live freely in our own country, to choose our future. Against our desire for happiness, against our national dream, just like your dreams You are, Americans. Just like anyone else in the United States,” he said.

Zelensky continued, “I remember your national monument in Rushmore, the faces of your prominent presidents, who laid the foundation of the United States as it is today, democracy, freedom, independence and care for every person, for every person, To all those who work diligently, who live honestly, who respect the law.”

Zelensky further asked lawmakers to consider the attacks on Pearl Harbor in World War II and his request for help on the World Trade Center in 2001. “Just like no one else expected it, you just couldn’t stop it. Our country experienced this every day,” said the president of Ukraine.

Volodymyr Zelensky received another standing ovation when he concluded his remarks to bipartisan members of the US House and Senate.

(input from agencies)

First published:March 16, 2022, 7:10 pm

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