Ukrainian President pleaded with Congress on Wednesday for more aggressive measures to help stop the war, including a no-fly zone, showing lawmakers a video of the death and devastation that has beset his country, writes NBC NEWS.
“Being the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace. This is a terror that Europe has not seen for 80 years and we are looking for a reply, for an answer, to this terror, from the whole world. Is this a lot to ask for? To create a no fly zone over Ukraine to save people, is that too much to ask?”, - said Volodymyr Zelensky.
Knowing that the U.S. opposes a no-fly zone, he proposed what he called an “alternative”: planes to defend Ukrainian skies from Russian attacks. But the Biden administration has also ruled out sending fighter jets.
“Aircraft, powerful, strong aviation to protect our people, our freedom, our land. Aircraft that can help Ukraine. You know that they exist, that you have them, but they are on the Earth, not in the Ukrainian sky. They do not defend our people”, - Zelensky said.
He also urged Americans to look to their own history in trying to understand what Ukrainians are going through, invoking the “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. but also the Pearl Harbor and Sept. 11 attacks.
“Remember Pearl Harbor. The terrible morning of December 7, 1941, when your sky was black from the planes attacking you. Just remember it. Remember September 11, a terrible day in 2001 when evil tried to turn your cities, independent territories, in battlefields, when innocent people were attacked, attacked from air, yes.
Just like nobody else expected it, you could not stop it. Our country experiences the same every day, right now, at this moment every night for three weeks now”, - said the President
Echoing King, Zelensky declared: “I have a dream. ... I can say, I have a need, a need to protect our sky. I need your decision, your help, which means exactly the same, the same you feel when you hear the words I have a dream”.