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VIDEO: Ukrainian President Zelenskyy appeals to Congress for more help

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy cited Pearl Harbor and the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 on Wednesday in appealing to the U.S. Congress to do more to help Ukraine’s fight against Russia.

“We need you right now,” Zelenskyy said in remarks livestreamed at the U.S. Capitol. He added, “I call on you to do more.”

Lawmakers gave him a standing ovation before and after his speech. Zelenskyy showed the packed auditorium of lawmakers an emotional, graphic video of the destruction and devastation in his country has suffered in the war. President Joe Biden has resisted Zelenskyy's requests to send warplanes to Ukraine, which would risk escalating the war with Russia.

Zelenskyy has previously spoken to the European, British and Canadian parliaments, seeking global assistance against Russia's invasion of his country.

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