The Ukrainian president, Volodímir Zelenski, has intervened this Wednesday by videoconference before the two chambers of the United States Congress: “Now we need you, I ask you to remember Pearl Harbor when you were attacked. Remember 9/11”, he has claimed to the congressmen. “We ask for help to end this terror. Is it too much to ask that they close the sky to save people’s lives? The Ukrainian president has been calling for the closure of his country’s airspace for days. It is the second time he has addressed US lawmakers since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24. This week, the president of the United States, Joe Biden, has signed a law that contemplates 13,600 million dollars (almost 12,300 million euros) in military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine and the countries on the eastern flank of NATO.
In the video shown before the House of Representatives and the Senate, several Ukrainian cities appear before and after the bombs along with the slogan “Close the sky of Ukraine”. It included some of the most shocking sequences that we have also shown in EL PAÍS, such as the bombing of an administrative headquarters and a school in the heart of Kharkov, one of the cities most affected by the war, the attacks on civilians in Irpin, about 20 kilometers from the Ukrainian capital, or the impacts of missiles against buildings in the center of kyiv on the first day of the Russian invasion.