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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrives at the Capitol on Tuesday accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Majority Leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer.

Agence France-Presse

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This is the Last chance plea: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is holding more meetings in Washington on Tuesday to prevent the United States from cutting vital military aid for the Ukrainian war effort.

The Ukrainian president, in a black sweater carrying a trident, the emblem of Ukraine, and in khaki pants, spoke with members of the Senate, the upper house held by the president's Democratic party Joe Biden.

He said clearly […] that if we lose, Putin will win, and that will be very dangerous for the United States, commented after the interview the leader of the Democratic senators, Chuck Schumer.

According to him, Volodymyr Zelensky insisted that he quickly needed new American assistance, to support his army and to avoid the deleterious effect of a disaffection of the United States on others. European allies of Kiev.

The Ukrainian president then began his most difficult meeting, with elected officials from the House of Representatives, controlled by the Republicans: this is where the reluctance to further support Ukraine is most acute. p>

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Russia, well aware of the erosion of US support, particularly with the failure this summer of the Ukrainian counter-offensive, on Tuesday claimed significant advances in the southern region of Zaporizhia. p>

Moscow appears to believe that a military standoff over the winter will undermine Western support for Ukraine and hand it over ;advantage, Russia is therefore determined to push on the entire front, warned White House National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson.

This is the third time in a year that Volodymyr Zelensky has come to plead his case at the Capitol in Washington, seat of Congress, and this visit is undoubtedly the most important, said the Democratic leader of the Senate, Chuck Schumer. p>

The American Parliament has committed more than 110 billion dollars since the start of the Russian invasion in February 2022, but stumbles over the new component demanded by Joe Biden, some 61 billion dollars, enough to last at least until 27 ;in the 2024 American presidential election.

The Democrats are in favor of this new envelope. Republicans are not totally opposed to it, but in return are demanding major changes to US migration policy.

On this point , the discussions are slipping.

If there is anyone who rejoices in the endless negotiations at the Capitol, it is Putin and his clique of deranged people, Volodymyr Zelensky accused on Monday.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a speech on December 11, 2023, at a shipyard where ships were built submarines, in Severodvinsk in Russia.

The Kremlin estimated on Tuesday that any new American aid was doomed to a fiasco.

Russia, which has turned its economy towards the war effort, is pushing ever harder into eastern and southern Ukraine.

At the cost, according to American intelligence, of heavy losses: 13,000 Russian soldiers dead or wounded since October and more than 220 vehicles lost on the front line between Avdiïvka and Novopavlivka, since the Russia returned to the attack in October, according to an estimate sent to AFP.

The Russian army has advanced significantly in the partially occupied Ukrainian region of Zaporizhia, Moscow-installed governor Yevgeny Balitsky said on Tuesday.

The Russians also launched a massive offensive two days ago around Avdiïvka and Mariinka, hot spots on the eastern front, declared Oleksandr Tarnavsky, Ukrainian commander of the area, ensuring that his troops firmly held their positions.< /p>

AFP is not able to verify these assertions by the belligerents.

Moscow also continues its daily strikes across Ukraine.

At the same time, Russia is suspected of being behind a powerful computer hack which paralyzed Ukraine's leading mobile operator Kyivstar, according to Ukrainian security services.

After his meeting with American senators, Volodymyr Zelensky is due to meet with the President of the House of Representatives. This interview with Republican Mike Johnson will be particularly important, at a time when certain elected officials from the radical right are calling for a complete cessation of all assistance.

Zelensky comes to beg and the "Washington warmongers" want to give him unlimited help, criticized a representative of this movement, Marjorie Taylor Greene, on the social networkCongress theoretically only has until Friday (when the parliamentary recess begins) to reach an agreement. The White House has warned it will run out of money by the end of the year if nothing is done.

Ukraine fears that a lasting blockage in the United States will also affect European military aid, despite coming to power in Poland of a new government, more favorable to support Kiev.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk called on the world to mobilize total for Ukraine.

President Biden coupled his request for aid for Ukraine with a package of x27;around 14 billion for Israel, at war against Hamas, hoping to remove the reluctance of the Republicans. For the moment, in vain.

The Democratic leader will receive his Ukrainian counterpart early this afternoon at the White House , before a joint press conference.

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