On Capitol Hill, Ukraine’s first lady has appealed to the United States Congress for more heavy weaponry. Olena Zelenska’s address to lawmakers Wednesday came as the war entered its sixth month.
Olena Zalenska: “I appeal to all of you, on behalf of those who were killed, on behalf of those who lost their arms and legs, on behalf of those who are still alive and well, and those who wait for their families to come back from the frontlines. I’m asking for something now that I would never want to ask for. I am asking for weapons, weapons that would not be used to wage a war on somebody else’s land, but to protect one’s home and the right to wake up alive in that home.”
In May, President Biden signed a bill granting Ukraine $40 billion in humanitarian and military assistance — by far the largest U.S. foreign aid package in decades.
Zelenska’s request for more weapons comes as the Senate is considering a national defense bill that would see the U.S. spend a record-shattering $846 billion on the military in the next fiscal year. That’s $45 billion more than the record request President Biden made earlier this year.