Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday implored the U.S. and its allies to “close the sky over Ukraine,” invoking Pearl Harbor and 9/11 and showing graphic images of the destruction and death wrought by Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
“Right now, the destiny of our country is being decided, the destiny of our people, whether Ukrainians will be free, whether they will be able to preserve their democracy,” Zelensky said in an impassioned virtual address to members of Congress, saying Russia has launched an assault on not only Ukrainian cities but also Ukrainian values and freedom.
“Russia has turned the Ukrainian sky into a source of death for thousands of people.”
Zelensky, who was met with a standing ovation by lawmakers in the room, used the speech to call for a humanitarian no-fly zone — an option the U.S. and NATO have consistently ruled out — and called for delivery of Soviet-era S-300 air defense systems to repel Russian airstrikes.
NOW – Standing ovation for Zelensky in the US Congress.
Pelosi: "Slava Ukraina!"pic.twitter.com/sPtmMcheje
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) March 16, 2022
Internet sleuths caught a very controversial moment on Zelensky’s t-shirt and compared the symbols to the symbols that were worn by Hitler’s army!
SYMBOLS WILL BE THEIR DOWNFALL. pic.twitter.com/yj8vcsYaiZ
— Tomas Marquez (@TomasMa16498730) March 16, 2022
Well, that's weird … Unless it isn't. pic.twitter.com/Yu75tpGAP6
— GuyFrees (@GuyFrees) March 13, 2022
Pretty badass to address Congress in a t-shirt pic.twitter.com/WvaiySlCNm
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) March 16, 2022
— Ruud G.V (@RGoudvis) March 13, 2022
Not the first sign of trouble https://t.co/w1TFMiGqAx
— Beth (@MyHorseHenry) March 13, 2022
“The Iron Cross was first a military decoration in the Kingdom of Prussia, and later in the German Empire and Nazi Germany. King Frederick William III of Prussia established it on 17 March 1813 during the Napoleonic Wars.”
Zelensky’s symbol however is the symbol for Ukrainian land forces. It’s not the iron cross though I admit it looks similar but the picture is also low quality:
The controversy surfaced after Zelensy admitted far-right group Azov in his army!
Azov is a far-right all-volunteer infantry military unit whose members – estimated at 900 – are ultra-nationalists and accused of harboring neo-Nazi and white supremacist ideology.
Damn Amazon, should you really be allowing these for sale…? azov battalion swag…. pic.twitter.com/oymKDdObVG
— ArgO Fawkurself (@ArgOFawkurself) March 13, 2022
The unit was initially formed as a volunteer group in May 2014 out of the ultra-nationalist Patriot of Ukraine gang, and the neo-Nazi Social-National Assembly (SNA) group. Both groups engaged in xenophobic and neo-Nazi ideas and physically assaulted migrants, the Roma community, and people opposing their views.
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