What Time Is Zelensky Addressing Congress? How to Watch Speech Live

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to give a virtual address to the United States Congress on Wednesday.

The war in Ukraine continues after Russia launched an invasion in late February, and Zelensky's address will come after Congress moved to provide Ukraine with $13.6 billion in aid last week.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced in a joint letter on Monday that Zelensky will be addressing members of the House and Senate at 9:00 a.m. ET Wednesday.

The speech is being received in the Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Auditorium and is only open to members of Congress. However, the speech will be broadcast live on several media outlets, including C-SPAN, which can be viewed here.

Zelensky's remarks will also be carried on the Fox News Channel; an NBC News Special Report with Lester Holt that can be streamed on NBC News NOW; and MSNBC's MSNBC Reports.

"The Congress, our country and the world are in awe of the people of Ukraine, who have shown extraordinary courage, resilience and determination in the face of Russia's unprovoked, vicious, and illegal war," the letter read.

"As war rages on in Ukraine, it is with great respect and admiration for the Ukrainian people that we invite all Members of the House and Senate to attend a Virtual Address to the United States Congress delivered by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine on Wednesday, March 16th at 9:00 a.m."

Zelensky has been urging the United States, along with countries in Europe, to help implement a no-fly zone over Ukraine, a move that many members of the administration are opposed to after Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that his country would view that as a "threat."

"That very second, we will view them as participants of the military conflict, and it would not matter what members they are," Putin warned on Saturday.

Zelensky has also asked the U.S. for additional planes and military resources, after participating in a Zoom call with nearly 300 administrators and lawmakers last week.

Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse said in a statement released by his office after the meeting: "Zelensky's message is simple: 'Close the skies or give us planes. Let's be clear-eyed about our options: A no-fly zone means sending American pilots into combat against Russian jets and air defenses—in a battle between nuclear powers that could spiral out of control quickly."

"He is standing strong, but pleaded for more help," Connecticut Democratic Representative Jim Himes tweeted about the remote meeting he and other lawmakers took part in with Zelensky on March 5. "Planes, oil embargo, continued military aid."

While talks of a no-fly zone are still in the works, Pelosi and Schumer wrote in the letter that Congress "remains unwavering in our commitment to supporting Ukraine as they face Putin's cruel and diabolical aggression, and to passing legislation to cripple and isolate the Russian economy as well as deliver humanitarian, security and economic assistance to Ukraine. We look forward to the privilege of welcoming President Zelenskyy's address to the House and Senate and to convey our support to the people of Ukraine as they bravely defend democracy."

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to speak to U.S. Congress on Wednesday in a virtual address. In this photo, Zelensky speaks at a press conference for selected media at his official residence the Mariinsky Palace on March 3, 2022, in Kyiv, Ukraine. Laurent Van der Stockt for Le Monde/Getty Images