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Zelenskyy is a courageous leader. He deserves both America’s admiration and support.

Written by on February 26, 2022

“I want ammunition, not a experience.” These are the phrases proclaimed by Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Within the midst of horrible demise and destruction and probably the most egregious risk to Europe since World Warfare II, Ukrainians are educating the remainder of the world a lesson about freedom, resolve and love of nation.

When provided an escape from Kyiv, allegedly by america, the 44-year-old Ukrainian president instantly rejected the notion and demonstrated selfless management and a portrait of braveness typically reserved for Hollywood.

Many leaders would have deserted ship, placing their very own private security above that of their countrymen. Zelenskyy, however, is taking a stand for freedom, boldly demonstrating that freedom is value preventing for; {that a} authorities of, by and for the folks is value defending. It’s the exact same concept that america of America was based upon, and the exact same struggle our ancestors fought for throughout the early phases of our personal inception.

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Ukrainian President releases a video from Kyiv

I used to be in Kyiv, Ukraine, simply 4 brief weeks in the past, a part of a congressional delegation consisting of eight Democrats and three Republicans. It was the final delegation allowed to enter the nation earlier than the tragic, but fully predictable invasion started. I walked the streets of Kyiv, talked to Ukrainians and developed a way of the unimaginable satisfaction that they had for his or her nation. Throughout the journey I had the chance to personally speak with President Zelenskyy, to listen to firsthand his love for Ukraine and to find out about his ardour for his nation.

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We mentioned power safety and the leverage that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline offers Putin. He informed our delegation that with out the pipeline Putin wouldn’t have the leverage over Ukraine and Japanese Europe to prosecute an invasion. For almost twenty minutes the president mentioned the significance of energy and the function power safety performs in nationwide safety.

It was a subject I do know nicely, one which I’ve pressured for the reason that very first day of being sworn into Congress. Zelenskyy harped on deterrence and the way power was being weaponized by Putin, due to this fact permitting a bully to regulate Japanese Europe. Zelenskyy and different senior Ukrainian leaders pointed to the worldwide surroundings of weak point that had emboldened Putin; an surroundings that may possible result in an invasion as a result of Putin remained unchecked by the West.

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Most poignant nonetheless, was a response elicited from Zelenskyy throughout our assembly about Ukrainian borders. When requested what an appropriate diplomatic off-ramp may be, he instantly responded. I recall him saying, “We’re not a lowest bidder nation. Our borders matter. Border safety issues and we’ll struggle for our nation. Now we have tasted freedom and we won’t give it up.” That second might have been misplaced on my colleagues, nevertheless it was not misplaced on me.

Zelenskyy: A lion of a pacesetter

Earlier than us stood a lion of a pacesetter; a relative newcomer to politics, however a person who was decided to remain the course, to struggle for this concept of freedom that the Ukrainian folks have solely recognized for 31 years since departing the previous Soviet Union.

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Right this moment, the world is witnessing daring braveness within the face of evil. Zelenskyy is demonstrating the kind of management that’s wanted proper right here in our personal nation. The kind of management the world desperately wants to discourage criminals and thugs like Putin. Zelenskyy’s pleas to the Russian people have ignited protests throughout Russia; his brave management has emboldened many international locations previously pleasant with Russia like Hungary and Kazakhstan to denounce Putin and facet with freedom.

Ukrainian soldiers handle equipment outside Kharkiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy claimed Saturday that Ukraine's forces had repulsed the assault and vowed to keep fighting. "We will win," Zelenskyy said.

His actions in Kyiv will undoubtedly give hope to Ukrainians that this can be a struggle value preventing and that it isn’t over.

President Biden, help Ukraine with extra deadly assist and guarantee Putin can by no means make use of Nord Stream 2. Be aware of President Zelenskyy’s braveness, resolve and want to defeat evil by way of energy. Earlier than us stands a lion.

U.S. Rep. August Pfluger, a Repub represents the 11th district in Texas in Congress. Observe him on Twitter @RepPfluger