Ukrainian President Zelenskyy Speaks to Congress

December 22, 2022
Pres. Zelenskyy speeking in the U.S. Capitol

Your money is not charity. It’s an investment in the global security and democracy that we handle in the most responsible way.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaking to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday evening in Washington, D.C. The speech took place after a 2+ hour private meeting between Pres. Zelenskyy and Pres. Biden.

Why It Matters: Pres. Zelenskyy appeared before Congress to ask lawmakers to continue providing Ukraine with military assistance. In his first known trip outside of Ukraine since the war began, Pres. Zelenskyy said, "This battle cannot be ignored, hoping that the ocean or something else will provide protection."

Timing: This week marked 300 days since Russia invaded Ukraine. Shortly before Pres. Zelenskyy's visit, the U.S. announced a $1.8 billion military aid package. Additionally, Congress plans to vote on a spending bill before the end of the year, which includes about $45 billion in emergency assistance for Ukraine. If passed, it would be budgeted aid for Ukraine designed to last through September 2023.

Zelenskyy thanks ‘every American,’ sees ‘turning point’ (The Associated Press)

U.S. Aid Is ‘Not Charity,’ Zelensky Tells Congress as a Lengthy War Looms (The New York Times)

by Jenna Lee,