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Zelenskyy told senators expect guerrilla warfare, mass migration if Ukraine loses

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Congress and President Biden on Tuesday, Dec. 12. While visiting, Zelenskyy brought a simple message: If the United States continues to provide aid to Ukraine, they will win, if the U.S. does not, Putin will win.

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“He said, if we lose, you can count on occupation by the Russians, count on guerrilla warfare to resist them, and you can count on massive migration of people out of Ukraine into Europe and beyond,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., told reporters after the meeting.  

Zelenskyy’s visit comes as a package for Ukraine, Israel, the Indo-Pacific region and U.S. national security is stalled due to disagreements over U.S. immigration policy.

Republicans said without changes to strengthen U.S. asylum and immigration parole laws, they won’t provide the votes needed to get the package approved.

“It is not a time for one side to demand maximalist, fringe policies that they know are unrealistic and then say, ‘Our way or the highway,'” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said. “If Republican colleagues want an agreement on the border, they need to meet us in the middle.”

“The only thing that is really holding this up at this point is the unwillingness of the White House so far to acknowledge that they’re going to have to deal with the border component,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said. “Once they begin to get serious about it, I think we can move this package along.”

It’s clear that Congress supports Ukraine and it is willing to provide more aid. Cornyn described it as a supermajority and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said there wasn’t a single person in the meeting who talked against aid. 

During the meeting with senators, Zelenskyy also addressed rumors and misconceptions about how U.S. money is being spent, including one false claim that the money had been spent on yachts.

Ukraine has implemented reforms that were suggested by the International Monetary Fund and European Union, and the United States has teams on the ground tracking the money and equipment provided.

“I believe that by and large the money is being well spent,” Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., said. “And if we fail to support Ukraine, we will spend a lot more and regret this moment in history when we walk out away from him.”

However, the border negotiations are taking so much time that it’s unclear whether the package will have to wait until 2024, when Congress returns from its holiday break. There are calls from both sides of the aisle to stay in session.

“We’ve got to move in real time,” Tillis said. “We can’t go, ‘Oh, where’s the time, let’s go through Christmas, the holidays and the new year and then get back to it.’ That is not the way you address a chronic problem. And let’s just say even if you don’t have a priority of Ukraine and Israel — really? You want 11,000 more crossings a day to occur for the next three weeks, and then get back to it?”

Schumer said he called House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., and urged him to keep the House in session to try to get a deal done. The House is scheduled to leave Thursday, Dec. 14, for Christmas and New Years. The House will not return until 2024. 

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Congress and President Biden Tuesday with a simple message – if the United States continues to provide aid to Ukraine – they will win, if the US does not, Putin will win. 

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL: “He said If we lose, you can count on occupation by the Russians, that count on guerrilla warfare to resist them. And you can count on massive migration of people out of Ukraine into Europe and beyond.”

Zelensky’s visit comes as an aid package for Ukraine, Israel, the Indo-Pacific region and national security is stalled over disagreements over US immigration policy. 

Republicans say without changes to strengthen US asylum and parole laws, they won’t provide the votes needed to get the package approved.

 

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.: “It is not a time for one side to demand maximalist, fringe policies that they know are unrealistic and then say our way or the highway. If Republican colleagues want an agreement at the border, they need to meet us in the middle.” 

 

Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX: “The only thing that is really holding this up at this point is the unwillingness of the White House so far to acknowledge that they’re going to have to deal with the border component.// tc 8:01 Once they begin to get serious about it, I think we can move this package along.”

It’s clear that Congress supports Ukraine and is willing to provide more aid. In fact one Senator described it as a supermajority. 

 

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.: “I believe that by and large, the money is being well spent. And if we fail to support Ukraine, we will spend a lot more and regret this moment in history when we walk away from him.” 

 

But the border negotiations are taking so much time, it’s unclear whether they will have to wait until 2024 when Congress returns from Christmas and new years break, or they decide to stay in Washington and postpone part of their recess until they finish. There are calls from both sides to stay. 

 

Sen. Tillis:  “We’ve got to move in real time, we can’t go oh, where’s the time, let’s go through Christmas, the holidays in the new year, and then get back to it. That is not the way you address a chronic problem. And let’s just let’s just say even if you don’t have a priority of Ukraine and Israel, really, you want 11,000 More crossings a day to occur for the next three weeks, and then get back to it.”