President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine claimed on Wednesday that Russia may have already begun World War III, rebutting US Vice President Joe Biden’s assertion that greater help would exacerbate the situation.
Zelensky said after making an emotional plea for increased help for his nation to lawmakers in Congress. Holt’s interview with him will run tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC Nightly News.
Volodymyr Zelensky confronts US counterpart, Joe Biden
After confronting President Joe Biden in his comments to members of Congress, he said he would be “glad” to welcome him to Ukraine, adding that he had “offered him offers on times,” Daily Mail reported.
He also said he would not resign as president if Russia demanded it as part of a cease-fire arrangement. Zelensky referred to his five-year term of duty under the Ukrainian constitution, stating that elections would be held and that the people of Ukraine, as free and democratic as they are, will choose or elect a president for themselves. There are no other measures that would allow the President of Ukraine to resign.
In an address to Congress on Wednesday morning, Zelensky stated that since Russia invaded, his nation has been suffering through its own version of September 11th and Pearl Harbor every day, and he implored the US to defend his skies, evoking Martin Luther King and the Founding Fathers.
He also confronted President Joe Biden, telling him to become the leader of the free world, demanded more sanctions against Russia to stop the war machine, requested fighter jets, and shared horrific footage of civilians being maimed in Kyiv while urging lawmakers to do more to protect his country.
NATO is “the world’s strongest alliance,” but “some of its members are captivated by Russian aggressiveness,” according to Zelensky. Per BBC, he went on to say that Vladimir Putin’s invasion had weakened European security systems and that Russia was bombarding innocent cities due to worries of World War Three.
In yet another diplomatic maneuver, the prime ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovenia are on their way to Kyiv by train to meet with Zelensky. Authorities in the besieged capital, on the other hand, have announced a 35-hour curfew that will begin at 20:00 local time on Tuesday. Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, said it would run until 07:00 on Thursday and that it comes at a “difficult and dangerous time.”
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