Watch live: Ukrainian President Zelenskyy says US businesses should pull out of Russia, calls for more aid

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, drawing parallels to horrific moments in American history to explain his country’s plight, called on the U.S. to ramp up its aid to Ukraine in a virtual address to Congress on Wednesday, three weeks into his nation’s fierce struggle to repel invading Russian troops.

“Right now, the destiny of our country is being decided, the destiny of our people,” said Zelenskyy, who drew a standing ovation from Congress at the start of his speech from Kyiv. “Whether Ukrainians will be free, whether they will be able to save their democracy.” 

Zelenskyy referenced Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11 attacks to explain to members of Congress the situation his country faces now.  This is Ukraine’s experience “every day, right now.”

“Being the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace,” he Zelenskyy said in remarks livestreamed at the U.S. Capitol. He added, “I call on you to do more.”

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