Hero Zelensky’s courageous speech to Congress echoed Winston Churchill’s 1941 speech

WINSTON CHURCHILL would have recognized President Zelenskyy’s historic speech to the US Congress on Wednesday.

Both men desperately needed America’s support to win their respective wars.

Winston Churchill speaking in front of the US House of Congress during World War II - 3 weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor

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Winston Churchill speaking in front of the US House of Congress during World War II – 3 weeks after the attack on Pearl HarborPhoto credit: Getty
President Zelenskyy delivered his impassioned speech to Congress on Wednesday, day 301 of the Russian invasion

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President Zelenskyy delivered his impassioned speech to Congress on Wednesday, day 301 of the Russian invasionPhoto credit: Rex

Both had shown their nation’s bravery by standing up to far greater foes.

And both had to outflank isolationists who wanted to raise the Atlantic drawbridge and have nothing to do with Europe’s conflicts.

Zelensky will hope his speech — complete with thunderous applause and a standing ovation — will have the same impact as Churchill did in tying America to his country’s side until Victory Day.

“We stand, we fight and we will win,” said Zelenskyj to cheers and cheers.

“Because we are united. Ukraine, America and the whole free world.”

When Churchill addressed Congress on Boxing Day 1941, it was less than three weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor drew America into World War II.

Hitler’s Nazis had raged across Europe.

A dozen countries were “under the Nazi yoke,” Churchill said.

The British Army in North Africa fought Rommel’s Afrika Korps for survival.

Japan’s unprovoked attack on Pearl Harbor had proved, Churchill said, that the New World of America could not escape the devastation ravaging Europe.

Zelenskyy entered the Capitol in his signature uniform less than 48 hours after visiting troops in the meat grinder town of Bakhmut, where he said “every inch of land is soaked in blood.”

His daring visit to the front stands in stark contrast to the cowardly Putin, who eluded his traditional year-end press conference, refused to attend the G20 summit and has yet to visit a single battlefield or meet the young men he is sending to their deaths.

In a pathetic attempt to cover up the chasm between Putin and Zelenskyi’s bravery, the Kremlin announced that Sergei Shoigu, Russia’s defense minister, had visited a frontline position — but didn’t say where or when.

Rather than see the trenches up close, Putin went to Belarus to increase pressure on President Lukashenko to join his bloodbath in Ukraine.

He later appeared on state television at an awards ceremony where his main propagandist, Margarita Simonyan, praised him for “killing cannibals” in Ukraine.

In Washington, Zelenskyi’s message was the same as Churchill’s.

The New World can never escape the horrors of the Old.

“This fight cannot be frozen or postponed,” he said.

“It can’t be ignored in hopes of the ocean or something else providing shelter.”

He proved how close war was by bringing a piece of it with him.

At the climax of his speech – it was the first time he had left Ukraine since Russia invaded on February 24 this year – he unfurled a Ukrainian flag signed by front-line troops.

“Our heroes gave me the flag,” he said.

“kill cannibals”

“The battle flag. The flag of those who defend Ukraine, Europe and the world at the cost of their lives.

“They asked me to take this flag to the US Congress – to the members of the House of Representatives and the Senators whose decisions can save millions of people.”

The US has pledged more than $100 billion in aid to Ukraine, and the White House used Zelenskyy’s visit to confirm it would send its most advanced Patriot air defense systems to protect against Russian missiles.

Thank you, Zelenskyj said.

But that’s not all: “More guns and grenades are needed.”

Give us tanks and planes, he added.

While most listeners left the convention with hands sore from clapping, a handful are not Zelensky fans.

Republican Thomas Massie announced he was in Washington DC but would not be attending “the speech by the Ukrainian lobbyist.”

He might have avoided Churchill, too.

At least three other senators who have questioned US aid to Ukraine were reportedly absent from the chamber.

Zelensky had a message for her and all other doubters.
“Your money is not charity,” he said.

“It’s an investment in global security and democracy that we’re managing in the most responsible way.”

Ukraine’s greatest achievement at this stage of the war may be the same as Britain’s in 1941 – it is still fighting.

“Against all odds and doomsday scenarios, Ukraine did not fall,” said Zelenskyy.

Fired by morale

“Ukraine lives and kicks.”

Ukraine has the momentum. The greatest threat to his success now is the steadfastness of his allies.

How does the war end?

As it enters its tenth month, critics across America are wondering how long they can foot the bill.

The head of the British Army, General Sir Patrick Sanders, warned when he took office in the summer that “Russia starts wars badly”.

But since then, Putin’s poor start has spread to new routes to the south and east.

Ukraine has regained more than half the land it had lost since the February 24 invasion.

A series of defeats in Kharkiv and Kherson forced Russia to change tactics.

With the exception of Bakhmut, most of Russia’s anger is aimed at power and heat grids, plunging the country into deadly, frigid darkness.

Both sides will hope that winter will benefit their troops.

Russia clings to memories of the weather — known as General Winter — that reversed the Nazi invasion of 1941.

But Ukrainian troops are fired from morale. They have shorter supply routes, better winter gear, and the knowledge that they are defending their homeland.

Zelensky captured this spirit – which Churchill would have called Blitzgeist – when he described how his heroic countrymen will be celebrating by candlelight this Christmas.

“Not because it would be more romantic,” he said. “But because there will be no electricity.”

When bombs fall, Zelenskyy said that families uncover their Christmas tables in the bomb shelters and “cheer each other up”.

They only want one for Christmas, he said.

“Millions of Ukrainians want the same thing: victory. Only victory.”

The inspirational President Zelensky presented Congress with a flag signed by his brave troops

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The inspirational President Zelensky presented Congress with a flag signed by his brave troopsPhoto credit: AFP

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