BackChannels hasn’t yet seen a transcript, but from scribbles come the following “near quotes”–>
“We have defeated Russia in the battle of minds for the world.”
“Americans gained this victory, and that is why you have succeeded in uniting the global community to protect freedom and international law.”
“Europeans gained this victory, and that’s why Europe is now stronger and more independent than ever.”
“The Russian tyranny has lost control over us.”
“The Russians will only have a chance to be free when they defeat the Kremlin in their minds.”
“This battle cannot be frozen or ignored. the world is too interconnected . . . . Our two nations are allies in this battle.”
“Russia has been taking Bakhmut since May, but Bakhmut stands.”
“The Russian tactics are primitive.”
“Ukraine holds its lines and will never surrender.”
Zelensky compared the battle for Bakhmut with the American Revolution’s experience at Saratoga, New York, making Ukraine’s war one of similar liberation from absolute power.
“Your well being is the product of your security. We Ukrainians will also go through our war of independence with dignity…. We wish for the same victory. Only victory.”
I’m going to feel guilty about this–C-Span coverage features transcripts: C-Span. “Ukrainian President Zelensky Address to Congress: Ukrainian President addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress.” December 21, 2022.–but no longer young, perhaps not that guilty.
I’ve earned my laziness.