Zelensky urges US Congress to approve new aid for Ukraine

President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on the US Congress to approve additional aid to Kiev, saying in an interview with Fox News broadcast that Ukrainians will lose their lives if this is not done.

Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives have delayed approval of $60 billion in new aid to Ukraine, and Zelensky made his call to action during an interview on Fox News, a preferred channel of U.S. conservatives.

"Will Ukraine survive without the support of Congress? Of course. But not all of us," Zelensky told Fox's Brett Beyer in an interview near the front lines in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian leader also warned that the cost of helping Kiev now is much lower than the potential cost of clashing with Russian President Vladimir Putin later if he succeeds in Ukraine.

The United States has provided tens of billions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine and is Kiev's largest donor. But existing funding has dried up, and former President Donald Trump's allies in the House of Representatives are holding up new aid.

Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee in November's presidential election, opposes aid to Kiev and recently used his vacillation to defeat a U.S. border reform bill that would have also authorized additional aid to Ukraine.

Zelensky told the Munich Security Conference that he was ready to take Trump to the front line in Ukraine, saying politicians need to see what real war looks like. / BGNES