“Russian Nigella Lawson” may be the first person to be jailed under Putin’s new laws banning war criticism.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gave a nearly 20-minute speech to Congress on Wednesday, speaking via video conference from Kiev.

Here is his full note:

[Zelensky speaking through translator]

Thank you. Ms. Speaker, members of Congress, ladies and gentlemen, Americans, friends, I am proud to say goodbye to Ukraine, our capital Kyiv, a city that suffers from missiles and airstrikes by Russian troops every day. But he doesn’t give up, and we don’t even think about it for a second. Like many other cities and communities in our beautiful country, they found shelves in the worst war since World War II. I have the honor to greet on behalf of the Ukrainian people who have been fighting the Russian attack for eight years, brave and liberating people. Those who give their best to stop this Russian invasion.

Right now, the fate of our people is being decided: the fate of our people, whether the Ukrainians will be free, whether they will be able to preserve democracy. Russia has attacked not only us, not our land, not only our cities, it has waged a savage attack on our values ​​- our basic human values. He threw tanks and planes against our freedom, against our right to live freely in our country, choosing our future.

Against our wish for happiness, against our national dream, just like the same dreams you have, Americans. Just like anyone else in the United States. I remember your national memorial to Rushmore, the faces of your important presidents who laid the foundations of today’s United States of America: democracy, independence, freedom and care for all, for all people, for all who work responsibly. , who lives honestly, who respects the law.

We want the same thing in Ukraine for our people. All of this is a normal part of your life. Ladies and gentlemen, friends, Americans, you have pages that will allow you to understand the Ukrainians in your great history, understand us when you need them now. Right now when we need you.

Remember Pearl Harbor. The awful morning of December 7, 1941, when your sky was black because of the planes that attacked you. Just remember. Remember September 11, the terrible day of 2001, when evil tried to turn your city, an independent territory, into a battlefield. When innocent people were attacked from the air, yes. As no one else expected, you couldn’t stop.

Our people experienced the same thing every day. Right now, at the moment, every night for three weeks, there are several Ukrainian cities in Odessa [names long list of Ukrainian cities]Russia has turned the Ukrainian sky into a source of death for thousands of people. Russian troops have already fired nearly 1,000 missiles at Ukraine, using numerous bombs, drones to accurately kill them. This is a panic that Europe has not seen for 80 years, and we are asking our whole world to respond to this panic. Is this asking for a lot? Creating a no-fly zone over Ukraine to save people? Is it too much to ask for? A humanitarian area without flights, something that Russia cannot terrify our free cities.

If this is too much to ask for, we offer an alternative. You know what kind of defense systems we need: S-300 and other similar systems. You know how much it depends on the battlefield, the ability to use aircraft, the powerful and powerful aircraft to protect our people, our freedom, our land. The planes that can help Ukraine are helping Europe and you know they exist, and you have them, but they are on Earth, not in the Ukrainian sky. They do not defend our people. “I have a dream” – you know each of these words. Today I can say, “I have a need.” I need to protect our sky. I need your decision, your help, which means the same thing you feel when you hear the words “I have a dream.”

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you Ukraine for your tremendous support to the United States, your government and your people for all the work they have done for weapons and ammunition, training, finance, and leadership in the free world. to put economic pressure on the attacker. I thank President Biden for his personal involvement, his sincere commitment to the defense of Ukraine and democracy around the world. I thank all those who commit crimes against Ukraine, against the people of Ukraine, for their decision to recognize them as war criminals. However, now it is true for our people, in the darkest times for the whole of Europe, I call on you to do more. New criminal packages are needed every week until the Russian military machine stops.

Restrictions are needed for all those who base this unjust regime. We propose that the United States punish all politicians in the Russian Federation who remain in their offices and not sever ties with those responsible for the attack on Ukraine, from members of the State Duma to the last official who lacks the morale to break this. state terror. All American companies need to get Russia out of their market, they need to leave their market immediately because it is flooded with our blood. Ladies and gentlemen, members of Congress, please take the lead in your district. I am demanding that the Russians not receive a single penny used to destroy people in Ukraine. The destruction of our country, the destruction of Europe should be close to all American ports for Russian goods. Peace is more important than income, and we must uphold that principle worldwide.

We have already joined the anti-war coalition, many countries, dozens of countries that reacted in principle to President Putin’s decision to invade our country, in a grand anti-war coalition that unites them, but we must move forward and do more. We need to create new tools to respond quickly and stop the war, the Russian invasion that began on February 24 in Ukraine. And it would be fair if it ended one day, within 24 hours, that the disease would be punished immediately. Today, the world has no such tool. Past wars have led our predecessors to create organizations that should protect us from war, but unfortunately they do not work. We see it, you see it, so we need new ones, new organizations, new alliances, and we offer them. We propose the creation of an association, ‘U24’, ‘united for peace’, a union of responsible countries with the strength and awareness to stop the conflict immediately, providing all the necessary support 24 hours a day, if necessary, as well as weapons if necessary. , everything you need to save lives, sanctions, humanitarian aid, political aid, finance, peace, and the world.

In addition, the association would provide assistance to those affected by natural disasters, humanitarian disasters and victims of the humanitarian crisis and the epidemic. Do you remember how difficult it was for the world to do the simplest things, keep vaccines, vaccines against Covid to save lives, prevent new tensions? The world spent months, years doing things much faster, to ensure that there were no casualties, no casualties.

Ladies and gentlemen, Americans, if this alliance existed today, that is, U24, we would save thousands of lives in our country, those who need peace in many countries of the world, those who suffer inhuman destruction. I ask you to watch a video of what Russian troops have done in our country, in our land. We have to stop. We must avoid this by destroying all the attackers who want to subjugate other nations.


[No longer speaking through translator, Zelensky speaking in English]

And in short, it is not enough today to be the leader of the nation. Today, we need to be a world leader, being a world leader means being a leader of peace. The peace of your country does not depend only on you and your people. It depends on who is next to you, depending on who is strong. Being strong doesn’t mean big. Strong is brave and ready to fight for the lives of his citizens and the citizens of the world. For human rights, for freedom, for the right to live in dignity and for the right to die when your time comes, and not for someone else, when your neighbors want you to. Today, the people of Ukraine are fighting not only for Ukraine, but also for European and world values [inaudible] in the name of the future. That is why today, the American people are helping not only Ukraine, but also Europe and the world to keep the planet alive, to keep the history of justice. Now I am almost 45 years old. Today, my age has stopped when the hearts of more than 100 children have stopped beating. I don’t see any sense in life if it can’t stop death.

And this is my main problem as the leader of my people, as a great Ukrainian and as the leader of my nation, I am addressing President Biden. You are the leader of the nation, your great nation. I want to be a world leader. Being a world leader means being a leader of peace. Thank you.

[In Ukranian] Glory to Ukraine.

“Russian Nigella Lawson” may be the first person to be jailed under Putin’s new laws banning war criticism.

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