Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will not address U.S. senators, according to the Telegram channel of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, citing Chuck Schumer, the leader of the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate.
Schumer, who on Monday announced Zelensky's upcoming speech today to persuade Senate members to approve military and economic aid to Ukraine, reported its cancellation on Tuesday evening. CNN journalist Jim Sciutto mentioned on social media that the speech was canceled "at the last minute", with no reasons provided.
The message recalls that U.S. President Joe Biden is seeking nearly $106 billion in aid for Ukraine, Israel, and other needs. Even Republicans supporting continued U.S. aid to Ukraine tie its allocation to stricter immigration policies on the U.S. southern border to stem the flow of migrants. The White House insists on separate votes on these issues.
Earlier, U.S. authorities stated that the funding previously allocated for aid to Ukraine is nearly depleted.