Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made an impassioned plea directly to U.S. lawmakers in a Zoom call Saturday morning, calling for military planes and support, and an embargo on Russian oil, according to a member of Congress who was on the call. Zelensky told lawmakers that Ukraine needs jets because its air force was destroyed on day one of the Russian invasion, according to another source who was on the call. And he asked for an oil embargo on Russia, which he said would be the most significant factor for Ukraine. Zelensky told lawmakers that if there had been sanctions in place in September or October, there would not have been an invasion. Screenshot of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Zoom meeting with U.S. lawmakers, Mar. 5, 2022. via tweet by Senator Marco Rubio The urgency of Zelensky's requests was evident from the outset — he opened with a remark along the lines of "this might be the last time you see me alive." He warned them that after Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin will not stop. Poland and Lithuania, both NATO members, will be next. He called on the U.S. to send planes and troops there now to prepare, and to release surplus Warsaw Pact planes — MIGs and Sukohvs — from Poland and other countries. A source familiar with the call said that the subject of a no-fly zone came up. Congressman Mike Quigley, the chairman of the House Ukrainian Caucus, told CBS News after the call that Zelensky had stressed that the battle in the air is pivotal and affects everything that's taking place on the ground. "Either close the skies or give us the planes one way or the other because...the battle is often won in the air," Quigley said, summing up Zelensky's message to Congress. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, in a statement after the call, noted Zelensky's request for the Russian-made planes, and he said he would do "all I can to help the administration to facilitate their transfer." Zelensky also asked lawmakers for more lethal aid . . . read the full article here.
Keywords: zoom, calls, ukrainian, congress, planes, president, told, lawmakers, fighter, according, ukraine, russian, zelensky
DATE: October, day one, September, Mar. 5, 2022
NORP: Russian, Democrats, Ukrainian, Republicans
TIME: Saturday morning, about 30 minutes
MONEY: $10 billion
CARDINAL: 280, one