Bay Area congressman talks with Ukraine Pres. Volodymyr Zelenskyy, what's next in war with Russia

Also, Rep. John Garamendi says he expects the US will add oil to the sanctions against Russia

ByLiz Kreutz and Justin Mendoza KGO logo
Saturday, March 5, 2022
Bay Area congressman talks with Ukraine Pres. Zelenskyy
Bay Area Congressman John Garamendi discusses his conversation with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the Russia and Ukraine war continues.

SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Solano County Congressman John Garamendi, who sits on the armed services committee, spoke with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday.

He spoke with ABC7 News anchor Liz Kreutz after the call with more on the conversation that included several members of congress.

Rep. Garamendi says Pres. Zelenskyy spoke about the Ukrainian people, the suffering that they have, as well as the bravery and their determination to maintain their freedom.

He adds that Pres. Zelenskyy says for the Ukrainian people "to not become subjugated to Putin and to Russia is very, very clear about that."

"He also spoke about the need for continued assistance he did not ask he did not ask for a NATO no-fly zone," Garamendi says. "He did ask for airplanes, Russian airplanes that are presently part of the Polish, Romanian and Bulgarian Air Force that those planes be transferred to Ukraine. The Ukrainian pilots already trained to fly on those planes so that they, the Ukrainians, could impose their own no fly zone."

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Garamendi says Zelenskyy also gave an example of what Russia intends to do.

"They intend to decapitate the Ukrainian government. He talked about a mayor in one of the cities that was removed from the city hall taken and shot. He said that's what they intend to do, is to put in place a puppet government after they remove us."

Garamendi continues, "And he (Zelenskyy) said very clearly, I am not leaving. I am the head of state. I am here. And I will continue to support and to lead this government and our people in our fight for our freedom."

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Also, he says he expects the U.S. will add oil to the sanctions against Russia.

"Well, first of all, the sanctions do not at the moment include the embargo of Russian oil. It should, and I believe this will happen in the next couple of days."

Rep. Garamendi also believes U.S. Congress needs to take steps immediately, as soon as next week, to pass legislation appropriating the necessary money for humanitarian aid to refugees, humanitarian aid within Ukraine and also the necessary military supplies.

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