(Washington) “To be the leader of the world is to be the leader of peace”: speaking in English before the entire American Congress, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky directly challenged Joe Biden on Wednesday, urging him to urgently impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine.
“You are the leader of a nation, of your great nation. I want you to be the leader of the world. To be the leader of the world is to be the leader of peace”, he hammered in a serious tone, in a khaki t-shirt from Ukraine, during a video address broadcast to the American Congress. and the country’s news channels.
Joe Biden, who refuses to impose such a no-fly zone on the grounds that it would constitute too great an escalation against Moscow, must speak at 11:45 a.m. He must, among other things, announce additional security aid to the Ukraine of 800 million dollars.
Pearl Harbor, September 11
Volodymyr Zelensky spoke for the first time before the American Congress, after a similar initiative before the British and Canadian parliaments.
In a sometimes impassioned plea, the Ukrainian president implored the United States and its Western allies to do more to save his country from the Russian invasion, reminding them of the darkest hours of their history.
“In your great history, you have pages that allow you to understand Ukrainians,” he told American elected officials. “Remember Pearl Harbor, that terrible morning of December 7, 1941, when your sky was darkened by the planes attacking you”, “remember September 11, that terrible day in 2001”, he said. added to this speech.
“This terror, Europe has not experienced it for 80 years”, he hammered.
“I have a dream”
Referring to the fate of “more than a hundred Ukrainian children” “whose hearts have stopped beating” because of the war, the 44-year-old leader assured that he did not see “the meaning of life if it cannot stop the death “.
Volodymyr Zelensky also took over Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream”, launching: “I have a dream, these words are known to each of you. Today, I can say it, I have a need, the need to protect our sky. I need your decision, your help. »
“Is it too much to ask, to create a no-fly zone over Ukraine, to save people? Is it asking too much, a humanitarian no-fly zone? “, he asked, before having a video of his country under the bombs projected in front of the American elected officials.
At the end of the extract, this inscription: “Close the sky above Ukraine. »
Volodymyr Zelensky received a standing ovation from all the elected members of the Congress, to whom blue and yellow brooches, the colors of the Ukrainian flag, had been distributed.
Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova, seated in the second row and surrounded by senior congressional officials, also received a standing ovation.
“Slava Ukraini”, “Glory to Ukraine”, launched the speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.