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Ukraine's First Lady asks Congress for more weapons

WASHINGTON D.C.- As her country fights off a full-scale invasion against Russia, Ukraine's first lady, Olena Zelenska, urged partisan Congressmen on Wednesday to send additional weaponry to her country.


The same room where her husband, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, spoke to Congressmen in March was used by Zelenska. He appeared virtually at the beginning of Ukraine's war. 


At the U.S. Capitol, Zelenska remarked, "I'm asking for something now that I would never want to ask. I’m 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.”


A graphic exhibition of Ukrainian children slain by Russian missile attacks and shelling around the nation marked the beginning of Zelenska's 15-minute speech.


In front of a vivid and frightening backdrop of photographs from the ravaged Ukrainian streets, Zelenska remarked, "I’m asking for air defense systems in order for rockets not to kill."


"While Russia kills, America saves, and you should know about it." Zelenska pointed out the 15 military aid packages already committed, saying, "We thank you for that."


Zelenska met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the State Department and First Lady Jill Biden at the White House prior to her speech before Congress.


While at the White House, Zelenska discussed additional weapons shipments, and at the State Department, she spoke about the growing number of war crimes committed by Russian soldiers in Ukraine.


According to John Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council, the United States is now putting together its 16th security assistance kit, which is specifically designed for the war in eastern Ukraine.


More High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, would be included in the upcoming round of weapons, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced earlier on Wednesday. With the four more heavy rocket systems, Ukraine will have received 16 HIMARS from the United States.


The HIMARS, made by the military powerhouse Lockheed Martin, are developed to launch different types of missiles from a mobile 5-ton truck. In a location outside of Ukraine, U.S. troops will continue instructing Ukrainian forces on how to use the platform.


According to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, more than 30 Russian military facilities were destroyed by the HIMARS last week.


Ukraine’s First Lady pleaded with officials as Russia continues their offensive in Eastern Ukraine. According to the most recent information from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Russian forces are engaging in combat operations in the vicinity of Bakhmut, a city in Donetsk that is important to Russia strategically, in order to invade the city and seize the Vuhlehirska thermal power plant.

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