As the U.S. mulls more aid to Ukraine, Zelenskyy says 'we have the same values'


Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian president, didn’t mince his words when he spoke of the Russian war threat.

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Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy did not mince words in his remarks about the Russian war threat.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is requesting

continued support from the U.S. amid Russia’s ongoing war and growing Republican opposition. Steve Inskeep of Morning Edition spoke with Zelenskyy in New York, on Wednesday. He was in New York to attend a United Security Council special meeting. Zelenskyy, in English, said: “We share the same values – freedom and democracy – and that’s why we fight against Russia.” In 2022, the U.S. provided more than $112 Billion in humanitarian, financial, and military assistance to Ukraine. The topic has become more divisive since the second year. A CNN poll conducted in August found that a majority of Americans believe Congress should not approve more funding for Ukraine. The results were divided along party lines. Last month, President Biden requested that Congress approve $24 billion more in aid. The money is now in limbo while the government works hard to avoid a shut down by the end the month. NPR reported that many House Republicans are opposed to the U.S.’s support for Ukraine due to fiscal and foreign policy reasons. But many House Republicans are opposed for fiscal and foreign policy reasons, as NPR has reported.

Zelenskyy stressed that Russia’s war is not limited to the battlefield.“They killed our people — woman, man. “You saw it,” said Zelenskyy. They deported children. Bombing civilians is a crime. The front line is not the only thing that matters. It’s more than just a simple war. … Energy systems. Kakhova Dam. Occupied Zaporizhzhia plant — nuclear plant. What is it? What’s next? “Zelenskyy has no problem making his case before U.S. officials, including in person. In March, a few weeks after Russia’s full-fledged attack began, he made a passionate video plea.

Zelenskyy plans to travel to Washington, D.C. on Thursday to meet with Biden and members of Congress.

NPR’s Ally Schweitzer contributed to this report.