Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is expected to address the U.S. Congress via video on Wednesday to discuss the current situation in his country and how the lawmakers can help his country in their battle against the Russian invasion.
“The Congress, our country and the world are in awe of the people of Ukraine,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement Monday.
Sources said the virtual address will also be streamed live and aired on national news channels.
“We look forward to the privilege of welcoming President Zelenskyy’s address to the House and Senate and to convey our support to the people of Ukraine as they bravely defend democracy,” the Pelosi and Schumer added.
Zelensky, a former actor-turned-politician has emerged as the unexpected global hero with his defiance towards Russia’s brutal invasion of the sovereign nation.
Earlier, he brought members of the European Parliament to tears with a plea for help and wowed Britain’s House of Commons in similar video addresses.
Sources said Zelenskyy in his address will thank the lawmakers for their support and plead with them to stay the course as outnumbered Ukrainian troops seek to repel the Russian invaders.
The gratitude was in response to the Congress-approved $13.6 billion in the emergency military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine.