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Excerpts from Ukrainian President’s Emotional Speech Before US Congress

Foreign Policy Brief #162 | By: Yelena Korshunov | December 27, 2022

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Last week the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, addressed the US Congress in a persuasive, emotional speech highlighting Americans’ support in protecting  Ukraine and world democracy. Here are some memorable excerpts from his speech.


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky after delivering a historic speech, which spanned roughly 23 minutes, marked the first time a foreign leader addressed Congress during wartime since Winston Churchill did so in 1941 during World War II.

Photo taken from: The Hill

“Dear Americans, in all states, cities and communities, all those who value freedom and justice, who cherish it as strongly as we Ukrainians in our cities, in each and every family, I hope my words of respect and gratitude resonate in each American heart.”

“Against all odds and doom-and-gloom scenarios, Ukraine didn’t fall. Ukraine is alive and kicking. Thank you. And it gives me good reason to share with you our first, first joint victory: We defeated Russia in the battle for minds of the world. We have no fear, nor should anyone in the world have it. Ukrainians gained this victory, and it gives us courage which inspires the entire world.”

“We have artillery, yes. Thank you. We have it. Is it enough? Honestly, not really. To ensure Bakhmut is not just a stronghold that holds back the Russian Army, but for the Russian Army to completely pull out, more cannons and shells are needed.”

“But we do not complain. We do not judge and compare whose life is easier. Your well-being is the product of your national security; the result of your struggle for independence and your many victories. We, Ukrainians, will also go through our war of independence and freedom with dignity and success.”

“… Together with you [Americans], we’ll put in place everyone who will defy freedom… This will be the basis to protect democracy in Europe and the world over.”


Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hold a Ukrainian national flag as Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed US Congress.

Photo taken from: Getty Images 

“Our country is alive and actively fighting Russia, pushing back its troops.  Defeating Russia is the battle for minds of the world”

“The restoration of international legal order is our joint task. We need peace, yes. Ukraine has already offered proposals, which I just discussed with President Biden, our peace formula, 10 points which should and must be implemented for our joint security, guaranteed for decades ahead and the summit which can be held.

“Our war with Russia will succeed  in uniting the global community to protect freedom and international law” and in making Europe “stronger and more independent than ever”.

“This battle is not only for the territory, for this or another part of Europe. The battle is not only for the life, freedom and security of Ukrainians or any other nation which Russia attempts to conquer. This struggle will define in what world our children and grandchildren will live, and then their children and grandchildren…From the United States to China, from Europe to Latin America, and from Africa to Australia, the world is too interconnected and interdependent to allow someone to stay aside and at the same time to feel safe when such a battle continues.”

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