In-Depth: Rep. Morelle on Ukrainian President’s speech to Congress

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rep. Joe Morelle (D, NY-25) Wednesday joined News10NBC Anchor Deanna Dewberry to talk about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s speech to Congress asking for more aid.

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This comes after Congress already approved $13.6 billion in military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine as part of a broader bill that President Joe Biden signed into law Tuesday.

Zelenskyy asked for a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

"You know the no-fly zone is one of these things that when you start to think about it, sounds good," Morelle said. "I mean if we could get Russian military to respect the no-fly zone for purposes of military purposes or humanitarian purposes, that would be one thing. But they already indicated that they will not resect a no-fly zone, they intend to send military aircraft over a proposed no-fly zone, which then essentially means that in virtually no time, you’d have American aircraft and Russian aircraft fighting over the skies of Ukraine. That happens, you’re basically at war, and I think what we’re all trying to do—the world community—certainly the president, members of Congress, on both sides of the aisle—trying to prevent the further escalation of this which would end up with military troops from both of our nations engaging in, directly."

Morelle granted that while the images and video coming out of Ukraine are devastating, the U.S. has to be careful.