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As we approach the 19th day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin shows no signs of slowing down, with a message from Washington: Volodymyr ZhelenskyChairman UkraineHe will address Congress on Wednesday.
Speaker, Nancy PelosiAnd the majority leader of the Senate, Chuck SchumerHe said: “Congress, our country and the world are amazed at the people of Ukraine who have shown extraordinary courage, determination and determination in the face of Russia’s unprovoked evil and illegal war.
“While the war is raging in Ukraine, with great respect and admiration for the Ukrainian people, we invite all members of the House and Senate to attend a virtual speech in the US Congress. Volodymyr Zhelensky Wednesday, March 16 at 9 a.m. in Ukraine.
Democrats said the address would only be open to members of Congress.
Congress, meanwhile, is imposing a heavy burden on the Biden administration.
Political game book Took note This morning, while lawmakers generally allow the White House to take charge of foreign policy matters, Republicans and Democrats have joined forces to ban Russian oil imports and end Russian trade ties.
Now Congress is pushing for warplanes in Poland. Zhelensky He has repeatedly appealed to his global partners to send aid in the form of warplanes. There are Soviet-style planes in Poland, which Polish officials said last week when they were ready to transfer to Ukraine.
The United States is blocking the transfer for a number of reasons – they will come from a NATO air base, which over the weekend warned that Russia would consider increasing such supplies.
But Rob PortmanThe Republican senator from Ohio spoke to CNN from the Ukraine-Poland border on Sunday. Vladimir Putin It also called sanctions a “war act.”
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