Ukrainian President Zelenskyy Invokes 9/11, Pearl Harbor While Pleading for More Help From Congress(UPDATES)
Russians reportedly kidnapped a third Ukrainian mayor, but he said on Facebook Live he has been released.
Russia is tearing apart Ukraine. People are dying in Ukraine, including journalists.
New Yorker journalist and CNN global affairs analyst Susan Glasser, from the safety of her home, used the death of Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski to slam the network.
A WaPo journalist agreed with Glasser
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will address Congress on Wednesday at 9 AM ET. I have the live stream below.
Third Ukrainian Mayor Kidnapped, But Released?
Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba claimed Russian troops abducted Oleksandr Yakovlyev, mayor of Skadovsk, and his deputy Yurii Palyukh.
On Sunday, Kuleba said the Russians abducted Yevhen Matveyev, the mayor of Dniprorudne. The Russians also supposedly kidnapped Ivan Fedorov, the mayor of Melitopol on March 11.
Russian invaders continue to abduct democratically elected local leaders in Ukraine. Mayor of Skadovsk Oleksandr Yakovlyev and his deputy Yurii Palyukh abducted today. States & international organizations must demand Russia to immediately release all abducted Ukrainian officials! pic.twitter.com/bmaAuurx9h
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) March 16, 2022
An hour later, Yakolev said on a Facebook live stream that the Russians released him.
— Sam (@SamSullivan) March 16, 2022
Zelenskyy: “I Call on You to Do More
Zelenskyy told Congress he needs the West to do more as Russia continues to tear apart Ukraine every day. It’s a shame we have a man who is not all there in the White House:
“I’m addressing the President Biden,” Zelenskyy said. “You, the leader of your nation, I wish you to be the leader of the world.”
He added: “Being the leader of the world means being the leader of peace.”
Zelenskyy also invoked 9/11 and Pearl Harbor, reminding Congress of what it’s like to face an attack. Except Russia is attacking Ukraine like that 24/7:
“Ladies and gentlemen, friends, Americans, in your great history, you have pages that would allow you to understand Ukrainians understand us right now, when we need you right now,” he said. “Remember Pearl Harbor, terrible morning of December 7, 1941, when your sky was black from the plains attacking you. Just remember it.”
Zelenskyy went on to invoke Sept. 11, 2001, calling it a “terrible day” when “independent territories” were turned into “battlefields,” and “when innocent people were attacked—attacked from the air.”
“Yes, just like no one else expected. You could not stop it. Our country experienced the same every day,” Zelenskyy said. “Right now at this moment, every night for three weeks now, various Ukrainian cities, Odesa and Kakutani, have been so many predominantly of Mariupol.”
Zelenskyy said Russia has “turned the Ukrainian sky into a source of death for thousands of people,” saying there are missiles and “countless bombs.”
Zelenskyy Speaking to Congress
Zelenskyy has made the rounds to Western governments. First Britain, then Canada, then the EU, and tomorrow it’s our Congress.
More than likely Zelenskyy will ask for more help and ask again for a no-fly zone. Biden has been adamant about not putting in a no-fly zone. The appearance also comes after we learned the WH didn’t want to help Ukraine in December because it would tick off Putin. We also know that Biden pressured Poland to not give Ukraine new planes.
Ghouls at CNN and WaPo
These people are disgusting.
What a tragedy. A cameraman died covering the war for a TV network that airs a pro-Putin propagandist as its top-rated primetime host. https://t.co/zKHXRciMYu
— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) March 15, 2022
Too late, darling.
So grateful for the heroic work that Pierre and all the journalists, Ukrainian and foreign, have been doing risking their lives to show us the horror of this war. Makes the years of lies and propaganda so much harder to take—there are truly deadly consequences.
— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) March 15, 2022
The lovely WaPo Media Columnist:
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) March 15, 2022
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