Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday thanked the United States, especially US taxpayers, for the billions of dollars of military aid they have given to Ukraine and asked for it to continue.
"We would really like for the support — especially the amount of support — to stay the same," he said in an interview with CNN’s Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour.
The Ukrainian leader also commented on recent "mixed messages" from Republican lawmakers, a reference to threats made to cut aid to Ukraine if Republicans win control of the House in the midterms. Zelensky said he hoped US bipartisan support for the Ukrainian war effort would continue whatever the outcome.
"We are grateful for bipartisan support. We would really like to have this bipartisan support remain after the elections," he said. "It’s very important to preserve this level of support — because the US support sends a very significant, powerful signal."
Note: The full interview with Zelensky will air on Amanpour at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday.