In a surprise move, President Joe Biden made an unannounced visit to Kyiv on Monday ahead of the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. During his visit, Biden met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the two leaders were seen walking around St. Michael’s Cathedral while air raid sirens sounded off in the background.
Biden announced a new aid package for Ukraine during his meeting with Zelensky. The package will include additional javelins and Howitzers to bolster Ukraine’s defense capabilities against Russian aggression. In addition to the aid package, Biden also revealed that a new round of sanctions will be imposed on Moscow.
Today, President Biden is in Kyiv to reaffirm America’s unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s democracy, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.
The United States of America will stand with the Ukrainian people for as long as it takes. pic.twitter.com/1IJuCcsVJd
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 20, 2023
President Biden’s arrival in Kyiv on Monday was at the break of dawn. He then proceeded to Mariinsky Palace via motorcade where he was warmly greeted by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who expressed his gratitude for the visit.
The timing of the visit was kept under wraps and coincided with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s scheduled speech marking one year since the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia began. The conflict has unfortunately led to tens of thousands of casualties on both sides and caused significant damage to several Ukrainian cities.
Despite this, Biden’s visit is a clear indication of unwavering support for Ukraine amidst their continuing struggle against Russian aggression.