Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a virtually 20-minute speech to Congress on Wednesday, talking through video convention from Kyiv.
Listed here are his full remarks:
[Zelensky speaking through translator]
Thanks very a lot. Madam speaker, members of the Congress, girls and gents, Individuals, buddies, I’m proud to greet you from Ukraine, from our capital metropolis of Kyiv, a metropolis that’s below missile and air strikes from Russian troops day by day. Nevertheless it doesn’t hand over, and we now have not even thought of it for a second. Similar to many different cities and communities in our stunning nation which discovered them cabinets within the worst warfare since World Warfare II. I’ve the glory to greet you on behalf of the Ukrainian individuals, courageous and freedom-loving individuals, who for eight years have been resisting the Russian aggression. Those that give their finest little children to cease this full-scale Russian invasion.
Proper now, the future of our nation is being determined — the future of our individuals, whether or not Ukrainians might be free, whether or not they are going to be capable of protect their democracy. Russia has attacked not simply us, not simply our land, not simply our cities, it went on a brutal offensive in opposition to our values — primary human values. It threw tanks and planes in opposition to our freedom, in opposition to our proper to stay freely in our personal nation, selecting our personal future.
In opposition to our need for happiness, in opposition to our nationwide goals, identical to the identical goals you will have, you Individuals. Similar to anybody else in america. I bear in mind your nationwide memorial in Rushmore, the faces of your distinguished presidents, those that laid the muse of america of America as it’s right now: democracy, independence, freedom and care for everybody, for each particular person, for everybody who works diligently, who lives truthfully, who respects the legislation.
We in Ukraine need the identical for our individuals. All that’s regular a part of your personal life. Women and gents, buddies, Individuals, in your nice historical past, you will have pages that might help you perceive Ukrainians, perceive us now whenever you want it proper now. After we want you proper now.
Bear in mind Pearl Harbor. Horrible morning of December 7, 1941, when your sky was black from the planes attacking you. Simply bear in mind it. Bear in mind September eleventh, a horrible day in 2001 when evil tried to show your cities, unbiased territories, in battlefields. When harmless individuals have been attacked from air, sure. Similar to no person else anticipated it, you could possibly not cease it.
Our nation skilled the identical day by day. Proper now, at this second, each night time, for 3 weeks now, there are numerous Ukrainian cities Odesa [names long list of Ukrainian cities], Russia has turned the Ukranian sky right into a supply of loss of life for hundreds of individuals. Russian troops have already fired almost 1,000 missiles at Ukraine, numerous bombs, they use drones to kill us with precision. This can be a terror that Europe has not seen for 80 years, and we’re asking for our life for a solution to this terror from the entire world. Is that this lots to ask for? To create a no-fly zone over Ukraine to save lots of individuals? Is that this an excessive amount of to ask? Humanitarian no-fly zone, one thing that Russia wouldn’t be capable of terrorize our free cities.
If that is an excessive amount of to ask, we provide an alternate. You realize what sort of protection programs we’d like: S-300 and different related programs. You understand how a lot will depend on the battlefield, on the power to make use of plane, highly effective, robust aviation to guard our individuals, our freedom, our land. Aircrafts that may assist Ukraine assist Europe and you realize that they exist, and you’ve got them, however they’re on Earth, not within the Ukrainian sky. They don’t defend our individuals. ‘I’ve a dream’ — these phrases are identified to every of you. At this time I can say, ‘I’ve a necessity.’ I would like to guard our sky. I would like your resolution, your assist, which implies precisely the identical, the identical you are feeling whenever you hear the phrases ‘I’ve a dream.’
Women and gents, buddies, Ukraine is grateful to america for its overwhelming assist, for all the things that your authorities and your individuals have finished for us for weapons and ammunition, for coaching, for funds, for management within the free world which helps us to stress the aggressor economically. I’m grateful to President Biden for his private involvement for his honest dedication to the protection of Ukraine and democracy everywhere in the world. I’m grateful to you for the decision which acknowledges all those that commit crimes in opposition to Ukraine, in opposition to the Ukrainian individuals as warfare criminals. Nonetheless, now, it’s true within the darkest time for our nation, for the entire Europe, I name on you to do extra. New packages of sanctions are wanted, consistently, each week till the Russian army machine stops.
Restrictions are wanted for everybody on whom this unjust regime is predicated. We suggest that america sanctions all politicians within the Russian Federation who stay of their workplaces and don’t lower ties with those that are answerable for the aggression in opposition to Ukraine, from state Duma members to the final official who has lack of ethical to interrupt this state terror. All American firms should depart Russia from their market, depart their market instantly as a result of it’s flooded with our blood. Women and gents, members of Congress, please take the lead in case you have firms in your district who finance the Russian army machine leaving enterprise in Russia, it’s best to put stress. I’m asking to ensure that the Russians don’t obtain a single penny that they use to destroy individuals in Ukraine. The destruction of our nation, the destruction of Europe all American ports ought to be shut for Russian items. We’re — peace is extra essential than revenue, and we now have to defend this precept in the entire world.
We already turned a part of the anti-war coalition, an enormous anti-war coalition that unites many nations, dozens of nations, those that reacted in precept to President Putin’s resolution to invade our nation, however we have to transfer on and do extra. We have to create new instruments to reply shortly and cease the warfare, the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, which started on February twenty fourth. And it might be honest if it led to a day, that in 24 hours, that evil can be punished instantly. At this time, the world doesn’t have such instruments. The warfare of the previous have prompted our predecessors to create establishments that ought to defend us from warfare, however they sadly don’t work. We see it, you see it, so we’d like new ones, new establishments, new alliances and we provide them. We suggest to create an affiliation, ‘U24,’ ‘united for peace,’ a union of accountable nations which have the energy and consciousness to cease conflicts instantly, present all the required help in 24 hours, if essential, even weapons, if essential, sanctions, humanitarian assist, political assist, funds, all the things it is advisable to hold the peace and shortly save the world, to save lots of lives.
As well as, such affiliation, such union would supply help to those that are experiencing pure disasters, man-made disasters who fell victims to humanitarian disaster and epidemic. Bear in mind how troublesome it was for the world to do the only issues, simply to maintain vaccines, vaccines in opposition to Covid to save lots of lives, to forestall new strains? The world spent months, years doing issues like that a lot sooner to verify there aren’t any human losses, no victims.
Women and gents, Individuals, if such alliance would exist right now, that’s U24, we might be capable of save hundreds of lives in our nation, in lots of nations of the world those that want peace, those that undergo inhumane destruction. I ask you to observe one video, video of what the Russian troops did in our nation, in our land. We now have to cease it. We should stop it, preventably destroy each single aggressor who seeks to subjugate different nations.
[No longer speaking through translator, Zelensky speaking in English]
And in the long run, to sum it up, right now, right now it’s not sufficient to be the chief of the nation. At this time, it takes to be the chief of the world, being the chief of the world means to be the chief of peace. Peace in your nation doesn’t rely anymore solely on you and your individuals. It will depend on these subsequent to you, on those that are robust. Sturdy doesn’t imply large. Sturdy is courageous and able to struggle for the lives of his residents and residents of the world. For human rights, for freedom, for the fitting to stay decently and to die when your time comes, and never when it’s wished by another person, by your neighbor. At this time, the Ukrainian individuals are defending not solely Ukraine, we’re preventing for the values of Europe and the world [inaudible] within the identify of the longer term. That’s why right now, the American individuals are serving to not simply Ukraine however Europe and the world to maintain the planet alive, to maintain justice in historical past. Now, I’m nearly 45 years previous. At this time, my age stopped when the center of greater than 100 youngsters stopped beating. I see no sense in life if it can’t cease the deaths.
And that is my principal situation because the chief of my individuals, nice Ukrainians and because the chief of my nation, I’m addressing the President Biden. You’re the chief of the nation, of your nice nation. I want you to be the chief of the world. Being the chief of the world means to be the chief of peace. Thanks.
[In Ukranian] Glory to Ukraine.