Nothing from Zelensky's address to the US Congress

Volodomir Zelensky / Photo EPA-EFE/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky unexpectedly canceled today's scheduled address to the US Congress due to a "last minute" event, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said.

- Zelenski cannot appear at our briefing at 15:XNUMX p.m., something happened at the last minute, Schumer told reporters.

The Ukrainian president was scheduled to speak via video link to the US Congress in hopes of influencing Congress to approve a new aid package for his country.

Washington provides the largest military aid to Kiev, and has given tens of billions of dollars since the start of the Russian invasion in February 2022.

But US Democratic President Joe Biden's pledge to continue financial support to Ukraine is in serious doubt, which would be devastating for Kiev, whose disappointing counteroffensive has not brought the expected territorial gains.

The US Congress, which has so far approved huge packages of military, humanitarian and macroeconomic aid for Kyiv, is made up of two houses. Republicans have a majority in the House of Representatives, and a large number of them are demanding an immediate end to aid to Kyiv.

In the Senate, where the Democrats are the majority, the opposition Republicans are in support of Ukraine.

Ukrainian officials say they need more weapons to avoid Russian attacks that would destroy energy infrastructure and leave millions of people in the dark this winter, as happened last year.

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