6:13 PM PT -- Volodymyr Zelensky is a big hit on Capitol Hill ... before addressing a joint session of Congress, he was greeted with rousing applause and a standing ovation as he was introduced at the Capitol.
The Ukrainian president shook hands with Vice President Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi before trying to begin his speech ... with his standing ovation lasting over a minute. He thanked Congress on behalf of his people for the warm reception.
When the applause finally died down and Zelensky had a chance to give his speech, he got emotional ... pleading for the U.S. to continue supporting Ukraine in the face of a Russian invasion.
Zelensky was passionate as he explained why his country needs more weapons and aid to fend off Vladimir Putin's forces ... capping off a long day in D.C. that began with a visit to the White House to meet with President Joe Biden.
Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky just shook hands with PresidentJoe Biden at the White House, his first trip outside his war-torn country since Vladimir Putin's forces invaded.
Zelensky rolled up to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in an SUV Wednesday afternoon, climbing out the passenger door and immediately greeting POTUS and First Lady Dr.Jill Biden before heading inside for a meeting.
It's quite a contrast in fashion styles ... Biden is wearing a jacket and tie while Zelensky pulled up in his signature green pullover and some slacks.
Zelensky's addressed Congress before, but not in person. The first time came back in March, not long after the Russian invasion started, and he appeared remotely. This time he was invited to D.C. for an in-person visit by Nancy Pelosi.
Meanwhile, back in the Ukraine ... the war just crossed the 300-day milestone and the U.S. is sending more weapons to arm the Ukrainians, including artillery, missiles, grenade launchers, armored trucks and mortars.