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Biden pledges $800 million to Ukraine after Zelenskyy's plea for more U.S. aid

In this image from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office and posted on Facebook on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks in Kyiv.
Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP
In this image from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office and posted on Facebook on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks in Kyiv.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will deliver a virtual address to the U.S. Congress on Wednesday morning. His remarks come as the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its third week.

Watch the address live at 9 a.m. EDT:

The Ukrainian president spoke to many lawmakers over a Zoom call earlier this month as Congress seeks to help his country fend off an invasion from Russia. Zelenskyy's address Wednesday follows one to Canada's Parliament on Tuesday, where he asked for continued support of Ukraine. He addressed the British House of Commons on March 8 and similarly pleaded for global assistance.

In a letter to House and Senate members on Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that hosting the address will help convey lawmakers' support to the people of Ukraine "as they bravely defend democracy."

"The Congress remains unwavering in our commitment to supporting Ukraine as they face Putin's cruel and diabolical aggression, and to passing legislation to cripple and isolate the Russian economy as well as deliver humanitarian, security and economic assistance to Ukraine," the letter said.

Last week, Congress approved a bill that provided $13.6 billion for military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. President Biden also announced that the U.S. would ban Russian oil imports and attempt to take away Russia's trade relations status with the U.S.

According to the United Nations, more than 600 civilians have been killed in Ukraine since Russia's invasion, and NPR reports it's probable that number is larger than documented.

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Elena Moore is a production assistant for the NPR Politics Podcast. She also fills in as a reporter for the NewsDesk. Moore previously worked as a production assistant for Morning Edition. During the 2020 presidential campaign, she worked for the Washington Desk as an editorial assistant, doing both research and reporting. Before coming to NPR, Moore worked at NBC News. She is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and is originally and proudly from Brooklyn, N.Y.

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