Virtual Address of Valor

Here is a brave man and great leader.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a historic, virtual address to Congress on Wednesday to plead with the U.S. to do more to help stop Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Remember September the 11th, a terrible day in 2001 when evil tried to turn your cities, independent territories on battlefields, when innocent people were attacked from air, yes, just like no one else expected it, you could not stop it,” he said. “Our country experiences the same thing every day, right now at this moment, every night for three weeks now various Ukrainian cities — Mariupol and Kharkiv — Russia has turned the Ukrainian skies into a source of death for thousands of people.”

In a speech to Ukrainians earlier Wednesday, Zelenskyy called his upcoming address to Congress “a speech from all of us, from each of our defenders, from each of our citizens, for the most powerful democracy in the world — for the state and the people, who can do a lot to stop Russian aggression, to restore peace on our land,” he said.

© Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via APUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks in Kyiv, Ukraine, in this image from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, March 15, 2022.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced the Ukrainian president and led members in chanting, “Slava Ukraini” or “Glory to heroes” in Ukrainian.

“Glory to heroes,” Zelenskyy repeated. “Thank you very much, madam speaker, members of the Congress, ladies and gentlemen, Americans, friends, I’m proud to greet you from Ukraine from our capital city of Kyiv, a city that is under missile and air strikes from Russian troops every day, but it doesn’t give up — and we have not even thought about it for a second,” he said.

In an emotional appeal, Zelenskyy asked Americans to put themselves in the shoes of Ukrainians by remembering Pearl Harbor “when your sky was black from the planes attacking you” and the Sept. 11 attacks.

“Remember September the 11th, a terrible day in 2001 when evil tried to turn your cities, independent territories on battlefields, when innocent people were attacked from air, yes, just like no one else expected it, you could not stop it,” he said. “Our country experiences the same thing every day, right now at this moment, every night for three weeks now various Ukrainian cities — Mariupol and Kharkiv — Russia has turned the Ukrainian skies into a source of death for thousands of people.”

By Ismail Shakil and Kanishka Singh

© Reuters/PATRICK DOYLEUkrainian President Zelenskiy addresses Canadian parliament, in Ottawa

(Reuters) -Nearly 100 children have died in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Tuesday, pleading for more Western support and asking Canadian lawmakers in a video address to imagine the impact of such a war on their own country.

© Reuters/MARKO DJURICAUkrainian servicemen inspect the area in front of a residential apartment building after it was hit by shelling in Kyiv

Addressing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau directly, Zelenskiy said: “Imagine that on 4 a.m. … you start hearing bomb explosions … Justin, can you imagine … you and your children hear all these severe explosions?”

“Can you imagine famous CN Tower in Toronto if it was hit by Russian bombs? Of course I don’t wish this on anyone, but this is our reality in which we live,” he said in a 12-minute speech that drew standing ovations in the House of Commons in Ottawa.Pause

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‘Can you imagine?’ war-hit Ukrainian president paints dire picture for Canadians

Russian air strikes and shelling smashed into buildings in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Tuesday as invading forces tightened their grip on the 20th day of the war.

“They’re destroying everything: memorial complexes, schools, hospitals, housing complex. They already killed 97 Ukrainian children. We are not asking for much. We are asking for justice, for real support,” Zelenskiy said through an interpreter.

Zelenskiy has sought to drum up support for Ukraine with video briefings of foreign audiences that have included the European and British parliaments. He is also due to address the U.S. Congress on Wednesday.

There are 1.4 million people of Ukrainian descent in Canada, the third most after Ukraine and Russia. Canada, like many other Western nations, has imposed broad sanctions on Russia after its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. Canada announced new sanctions on Russian government and military officials on Tuesday.

Zelenskiy thanked Canada for its assistance, but added the help had not been enough to end the war, repeating his appeal for friendly countries to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine. “How many cruise missiles have to fall on our cities?” Zelenskiy asked.

Ukrainian cities such as Kharkiv, Mariupol and others “are not protected just like your cities are protected,” he said.

Western countries have moved to isolate Russia from world trade and the global financial system as punishment for the invasion, but the U.S. government has ruled out a no-fly zone, which it says would risk direct conflict with fellow nuclear-armed power Russia.

Moscow calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation” to demilitarize and “denazify” the country. Ukraine and the West have dismissed that justification as baseless propaganda.

On Tuesday, Moscow said it had put U.S. President Joe Biden, Trudeau and a dozen top U.S. officials on a “stop list” that bars them from entering Russia.

After his speech Canadian lawmakers expressed bipartisan support for Ukraine.

Canadian party leaders also said they would welcome Ukrainian refugees. The number of refugees fleeing Ukraine since Russia invaded has crossed three million, United Nations data https://data2.unhcr.org/en/situations/ukraine showed in what has become Europe’s fastest growing refugee crisis since World War Two.

“You are defending the right of Ukrainians to choose their own future. And in doing so, you’re defending the values that form the pillars of all free democratic countries,” Trudeau said when he introduced Zelenskiy to the House of Commons.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh and Ismail Shakil, additional reporting by Steve Scherer in Ottawa; Editing by Tim Ahmann, Alistair Bell and Grant McCool)

Tech billionaire Elon Musk doubled down on his challenge to duel Vladimir Putin of Russia in “single combat” for the fate of Ukraine Tuesday while ribbing Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, a Kremlin ally and fearsome militant who called the world’s richest man “effeminate.”

“You’ll need to pump up those muscles in order to change from the gentle (effeminate) Elona into the brutal Elon you need to be,” Kaydrov wrote on the Russian social mediate platform Telegram.

‘Can you imagine?’ war-hit Ukrainian president paints dire picture for Canadians (msn.com)

Elon Musk challenge to duel Vladimir Putin takes bizarre turn when Chechen leader invites ‘Elona’ for training (msn.com)

In response to Musk’s challenge, Kadyrov invited the SpaceX and Tesla founder to the Chechen Republic for training on firearms, martial arts and how to “monitor and update your social network accounts,” according to a translation of his Telegram post Musk tweeted Tuesday.

Without the training, Putin would appear “unsportsmanlike when he beats the hell out of” Musk, who Kadyrov called “a much weaker opponent.”

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