CNN's Dana Bash said the goal of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's speech to US lawmakers and Americans "was to make it impossible for them not to help."
Bash said that Zelensky deliberately referenced American heroes like Martin Luther King Jr., plus events like Pearl Harbor and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and then spoke in English directly addressing US President Joe Biden, after showing a video of attacks in Ukraine.
"Not only ... are those indelible in American history and in our psyche, what were they? They were attacks from the sky. ... And what he's trying to do is to bring it home," she said.
Zelensky has repeatedly called for a no-fly zone since Russia's invasion in Ukraine began.
"He understands an audience, only like somebody who has been in front of an audience outside of politics can, as an entertainer, which is what he was. But the way that he communicates, also the fact that he spoke largely almost entirely in Ukrainian until he played that video ... and then after the video, speaking in English, directly in English without a translator — intentionally so," Bash said.
Zelensky delivered similar video addresses to the parliaments of the UK and Canada.