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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on Wednesday, March 16. (pool)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky referenced Mount Rushmore, the Pearl Harbor attacks and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in his speech to US lawmakers in Congress on Wednesday.

“Russia has not only attacked us, not only our land, not only our cities. It has launched a brutal offensive against our values, basic human values,” he said, speaking through the through an interpreter. “He threw tanks and planes against our freedom, against our right to live freely in our own country, choosing our own future. Against our desire for happiness, against our national dream, just like the same dreams you have, you Americans. Just like anybody else in the United States.

“I remember your national memorial at Rushmore, the faces of your distinguished presidents, those who laid the foundations of the United States of America as it is today, of democracy, of independence, of of freedom and concern for everyone, for every person, for everyone who works diligently, who lives honestly, who abides by the law,” he continued.

Zelensky also asked lawmakers to remember the attacks on Pearl Harbor during World War II and the World Trade Center in 2001 when considering his request for help.

“Remember Pearl Harbor, the dreadful morning of December 7, 1941, when your skies were black from planes attacking you. Remember that. Remember September 11, a terrible day in 2001 when evil tried to turn your cities, independent territories, into battlefields. When innocent people were attacked, attacked from the air,” he said.

“Just like no one else expected, you couldn’t stop it. Our country went through the same thing every day.”

Zelensky also invoked the famous words of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King when asking for military help: “I have a dream, these words are known to each of you today, I can say that.” I have a need, I need to protect our sky. I need your decision, your help, which means exactly the same thing, the same thing you feel when you hear the words “I have a dream”. “

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