(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a historic address to a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday night, declaring to both Americans and the world that “Ukraine is alive and kicking" while also urging members of Congress to strengthen sanctions against Russia and provide more aid.
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“Against all odds and doom and gloom scenarios, Ukraine didn’t fall," the Ukrainian president said in a speech from the House chamber, thanking the United States for billions of dollars in military aid. “Your money is not charity. It is an investment in the global security and democracy that we handle in the most responsible way."
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (R-CA) and Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the joint session of Congress, hoisting up a Ukrainian flag signed by soldiers in the midst of the war behind Zelensky as he wrapped up his speech. Zelensky presented the leaders with the gift, while Pelosi gave Zelensky the U.S. flag that flew over the Capitol on Wednesday in honor of his visit.