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President Of Ukraine Making His First Trip Abroad Since The War Started

President of Ukraine making his first trip abroad since the war started. Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, is on his way to Washington, where he will meet Joe Biden, the vice president of the United States.

Alexander McCaslin
Dec 22, 20225 Shares668 Views
President of Ukraine making his first trip abroad since the war started. Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, is on his way to Washington, where he will meet Joe Biden, the vice president of the United States.
It's his first trip outside of the country since February when Russia invaded. Given the security risks, it's unlikely that details of his trip will be made public, but he was seen at a Polish train station earlier.
The US has confirmed that it will give Ukraine a Patriot missile system, which will greatly improve the country's ability to defend itself from air attacks.
Mr. Zelensky wrote on Twitter:
On my way to the US to strengthen resilience and defense capabilities of Ukraine.- President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky
He also said that he would speak to Congress and hold several meetings. Unsurprisingly, the visit was kept a secret, and the official announcement didn't come until a few hours before it was supposed to start.
During the war, the US has been the most important ally of Ukraine. It has given $50 billion (£41 billion) in humanitarian, financial, and security aid, which is more than any other country.
Since the war began, Mr. Zelensky has talked to Western leaders on the phone often. But by inviting him to the White House, President Biden will show that the U.S. is ready to help the country for "as long as it takes," as has been said many times.
Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin told defense chiefs that his country was fighting against NATO forces in Ukraine.
It's well known that the military potential and capabilities of almost all Nato's main countries is being actively used against Russia.- Russian President Vladimir Putin
Headshot of President Of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky
Headshot of President Of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky
In a briefing before Mr. Zelensky's visit, the White House confirmed that Ukraine will get a new package of security aid worth nearly $2 billion. This includes a new Patriot missile system, which is a sophisticated air defense system that will help Ukraine protect its cities from the missiles and drones that Russia has fired at important facilities.
Officials here say that the attacks are meant to break the morale of the Ukrainian people. As a result, millions of people are without power and heat as temperatures drop below freezing across the country. President Zelensky, on the other hand, is not likely to get the longer-range weapons he wants to hit Russian targets farther away from the front lines.
In his speech to Congress on Wednesday, the leader of Ukraine is likely to talk about the attacks on infrastructure to ask for more weapons. There, he will find some Republicans who have complained about the amount of US support, even though Congress is thinking about giving an extra $50 billion in aid. Ukraine's defense is said to cost about $5 billion (£4.1 billion) a month.
The trip to Washington comes a day after President Zelensky, dressed in khaki military gear, was in Bakhmut, an eastern Ukrainian city on the front lines where some of the war's fiercest battles have taken place. The White House said that he met with troops and gave awards to soldiers. The visit was a big sign of defiance and showed support for Ukrainian troops on the front lines.
In a moment that was caught on camera, soldiers gave Mr. Zelensky a Ukrainian flag with their names on it and asked him to give it to President Biden and the US Congress. President Zelensky has promised to take back all occupied land, including areas that were taken over before February. Before the visit, in his usual evening speech, he said that Ukraine would do "everything possible and impossible, expected and unexpected" to get "the results that all Ukrainians expect."
Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, the US military says at least 100,000 Russian and 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed or hurt, along with about 40,000 civilians.


The UN says that 7.8 million people, mostly from Ukraine, have fled to other parts of Europe, including Russia. But the number doesn't include people who had to leave their homes but still live in Ukraine.
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