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(Reuters) – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky will deliver a video address to the US Congress on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a letter. jointly with US lawmakers.

Both wrote, “Congress remains unwavering in our commitment to support Ukraine as it confronts Putin’s vicious and diabolical aggression, and to pass legislation to harm and isolate the Russian economy as well as to Ukraine.” Provides humanitarian, security and economic assistance.” Monday.

Zelensky has sought to garner support for Ukraine with video speeches to foreign audiences, including the US Congress and the British Parliament. Zelensky will speak to US lawmakers on Wednesday at 9 a.m. (10 a.m. GMT).

More than 280 members of the US Senate and House of Representatives took part in a March 5 video conference with Zelensky in which he reportedly made a “desperate appeal” for the plane to fight Russian invaders.

He is expected to address the Canadian parliament on Tuesday and is also expected to address the Israeli parliament at some point.

The Democrat-controlled US Congress on Thursday approved a $13.6 billion aid package for Ukraine as part of a $1.5 trillion budget bill to fund US government operations through September 30.

The United States, along with its allies, imposed extensive sanctions on Russia after the invasion of Ukraine on 24 February. On Friday, President Joe Biden took further steps to punish Russia financially, target trade and close development funding, while also announcing a ban on imports of Russian seafood, vodka and diamonds.

(Reporting by Ismail Shakeel in Bengaluru)

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