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Zelenskyy Issues Plea For Support During Washington Visit As Ukraine Funding Stalls In Congress

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Washington to urge Congress to approve continued support for Ukraine as funding runs out.

President Biden seeks $61.4 billion for Ukraine in a $110 billion package, but the request is entangled in a debate over U.S. immigration policy.

Zelenskyy emphasized Ukraine’s determination and sought American support. (Trending: Hunter Biden’s Own Memoir Is Coming Back To Haunt Him In Criminal Trial)

“If there’s anyone inspired by unresolved issues on Capitol Hill, it’s just (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and his sick clique,” said Zelenskyy at the National Defense University.

“Ukrainians haven’t given up and won’t give up,” he promised.

“We know what to do. And you can count on Ukraine. And we hope just as much to be able to count on you.”

“Every one of you here understands what it means for a soldier to wait for ammunition, waiting for weeks, months without knowing if support will come at all,” said Zelenskyy.

Proclaiming, “When the free world hesitates, that’s when dictatorships celebrate.”

Defense Secretary Austin reaffirmed America’s commitment to Ukraine, calling it critical for U.S. security.

Austin, who introduced the Ukrainian president, said, “America’s commitments must be honored. America’s security must be defended. And America’s word must be kept.”

Adding that Zelenskyy was “living proof that a single person’s leadership can help rally an embattled democracy and inspire the free world and change the course of history.”

Zelenskyy’s visit comes amid increased Russian activity and congressional deliberations.

John Kirby, the White House National Security Council spokesman added that, “This is exactly the right time to be having President Zelenskyy in town to have these discussions, because of what’s going on in Ukraine, the increased activity we’re seeing by the Russian armed forces as winter approaches, but also what’s going on on Capitol Hill.”

Biden is expected to stand firm on the funding request during their meeting.

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