Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reportedly did not mention his phone call with President Trump that has caused an uproar in the U.S. during his address at the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday.
His speech instead focused on Ukraine’s clashes with Russia and the horrors of war, according to The Associated Press. Zelensky called for global support for his country amid its conflict with Russia.
“Ending the war, recovering all occupied Ukrainian territories and restoring peace are my primary objectives,” he said, according to the AP. “But not at the cost of the lives of our citizens, freedom and right of Ukraine to make its own choices.”
His speech came a day after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced an impeachment inquiry into Trump due to revelations surrounding a July 25 phone call with Zelensky.
A surge of House Democrats expressed support for impeachment following reports that Trump pressed Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son after withholding aid from the country.
The White House released a partial transcript of the call Wednesday in which Trump said, “Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it … It sounds horrible to me.”
The president has denied wrongdoing and called Democrats’ impeachment inquiry a “witch hunt.”
He has also said he held up aid to Ukraine because he wanted other countries to contribute more to help the country.