The media compared Zelensky's trip to the United States with Churchill's visit in 1941
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The British Prime Minister's trip to the United States took place days after the Pearl Harbor attacks and strengthened the anti-Hitler coalition that eventually won World War II and then built the post-war democratic world.
The trip of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the United States coincided with the date of Winston Churchill's visit to the United States 81 years ago. By all appearances, the Ukrainian leader can look forward to roughly the same reception given to the British prime minister in the glittering lights of the American capital on Christmas Day after months of darkness and British bombing. This event took place on December 22, 1941, a few days after the attacks of the Japanese Navy on Pearl Harbor, and strengthened the anti-Hitler coalition, which ultimately won World War II and then built a post-war democratic world.
In his address to the UK Parliament earlier in the year, Zelensky compared his country's resistance to Russian aggression to how Britain fought Nazi Germany alone before the US entered the war.
Zelensky's visit to Washington further strengthens parallel to the meeting between British Prime Minister and US President Franklin Roosevelt.
Churchill was convinced that US participation in the war would be a key aspect of the defeat of Adolf Hitler.
Zelensky is also hailed as a hero in the US, and he pins hopes that additional US support will mean that Washington, in Churchill's words, has truly “unsheathed the sword of freedom.”
Zelensky, probably , not against such historical parallels. In his address to the British Parliament in March, there were references to one of Churchill's most famous military speeches: “We will not surrender, we will not lose, we will reach the end.”
In 1941, the British leader arrived on the shores of the United States on board the battleship “Duke of York”, and then flew by plane from Virginia to Washington, where on December 22 he was met by Franklin Roosevelt. The next day, they held a joint press conference.