Ukraine’s first lady asks the United States for more weapons to confront Russia

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Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska addresses the US Congress in Washington

Photo: SAUL LOEB/POOL PHOTO/AP/PICTURE ALLIANCE / Deutsche Welle

Ukraine’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, urged the US Congress to send more weapons to fight the war against Russia, in an emotional call she said she made on behalf of millions of parents who fear for their children.

Zelenska showed in person images of happy children who were killed or maimed by Russian forces. “These are Russia’s ‘Hunger Games,’” she said.

“We want all fathers and mothers to be able to tell their children: ‘Go to sleep in peace, there will be no more air strikes, no more missile strikes.’ Is this too much to ask?” she asked.

“I am asking for weapons, weapons that would not be used to wage war on someone else’s territory, but to protect one’s home and the right to wake up alive in that home,” he said.

Both US President Joe Biden, with whom he met on Tuesday, and Congress have been enthusiastic about supplying arms to Ukraine, approving a $40 billion package in May.

In particular, the Pentagon delivered to kyiv Himars precision artillery systems with a range of 80 kilometers, allowing the Ukrainian military to hit Russian targets that were previously out of reach.

Washington has shipped nearly $7 billion in military equipment to Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion.

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