During an early Wednesday address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskythat said Russia’s demands during negotiations are becoming “more realistic” after nearly three weeks of the war between the two countries.
Holding talks via video conferences with Russian officials, Zelensky spoke to Ukrainians in a night address online, saying “Efforts are still needed, patience is needed. Any war ends with an agreement.” He appealed for more weapons and more sanctions to punish Russia, and repeated his call to “close the skies over Ukraine to Russian missiles and planes.”
In his address, he also said Russian forces on Tuesday were unable to move deeper into Ukrainian territory and continued their heavy shelling of cities.
Zelensky is set to hold a call with the US Congress today, and he thanked President Joe Biden and “all the friends of Ukraine” for $13.6 billion in new support included in a spending measure that Biden signed. The money will come out of $13.6 billion in the additional military and humanitarian aid allocated for Ukraine in a broader $1.5 trillion government spending measure that Biden signed on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Biden will travel to Europe next week for face-to-face talks with European leaders about Russia’s invasion.