Every cent of US investment in Ukraine’s security and "global protection of freedom" is working, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an address in front of the National Archives Thursday night.
The Ukrainian leader also said American aid has demoralized Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
“Putin is forced to humiliate himself by personally entertaining a delegation from Pyongyang and trying to (get) favor with Tehran. This shows his obvious weakness,” Zelensky said.
He also said he was thankful for “Americans who have done and are doing extraordinary things at the call of their hearts,” referring primarily to the American doctors who have helped thousands of Ukrainian children and adults affected by the war.
“American hearts beat the same way as Ukrainian hearts. I want you all to know that America has saved millions of Ukrainian lives,” Zelensky said.
While at the National Archives, Zelensky said he viewed a telegram from former President Abraham Lincoln to which he told Gen. Ulysses Grant to “hold on like a bulldog.” Zelensky likened the phrase to the disposition of Ukrainian fighters.
“Every day of this war, Ukrainian soldiers hold on with a bulldog grip," he said. "They bite and strangle the Russian invaders as much as possible. Never before has the Russian dictatorship met such strong resistance."
Zelensky was joined in front of the archives by his wife, first lady Olena Zelenska, who also addressed the crowd. During his trip to the United States, the Ukrainian leader spoke at the UN General Assembly and met with a number of high-profile leaders, including President Joe Biden.