The President said that Ukraine not only defends its own state, but all democratic values and freedoms and the right of peoples to freely choose their own future.
“Russia is committing genocide against the Ukrainian people,” Zelenskyy told the delegation. “[Russian President Vladimir Putin] commits war crimes that horrify the whole world – torture, mass executions, rape. Europe has not seen such crimes since World War II,” he said.
The visit comes as a $40 billion aid package to bolster Ukraine’s defenses against Russian invasion stalled in the Senate following Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) demands for a watchdog to follow the money.
Two weeks ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi became the highest-ranking US official to visit Ukraine since the Russian invasion began.
Pelosi led the previously unannounced trip with a group of senior House Democrats, including Foreign Affairs Chairman Gregory Meeks (DN.Y.), Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-California) and Rules Chairman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.).
Christopher Miller contributed to this report.