Live Updates: Russia invades Ukraine
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will deliver a virtual address to members of the US Congress on Wednesday, as Ukraine continues to press the United States for more help in its fight against the ongoing unprovoked and deadly invasion of Russia.
Zelensky will appear by videoconference and be introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after giving the hammer during the session. He should talk for about 15 minutes.
Zelensky’s remarks will be broadcast live at 9 a.m. ET.
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Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the scheduled appearance in a letter to members Monday, writing that “as war rages in Ukraine, it is with great respect and admiration for the Ukrainian people that we invite all members of the House and Senate to attend” the address.
Zelensky is likely to make further calls for measures like a no-fly zone and help acquire fighter jets in his speech to lawmakers.
President Joe Biden has so far dismissed the moves as risking dragging the United States into conflict with Russia, but, according to the White House, the president intends to demonstrate the support that the United States bring and will detail it in a separate talk later on Wednesday.
According to a US official, Biden is expected to announce an additional $800 million in security aid for Ukraine, bringing the total pledged to $2 billion since the start of the Biden administration.
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, Clare Floran and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.