House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a surprise appearance in Kyiv, Ukraine, where she met alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in an effort to demonstrate continued support for the nation’s fight back against Russia. Pelosi’s visit emerges following Moscow’s boasts that it has successfully attacked weapons supplied by Western nations in the southern part of the nation.
On Sunday, Zelenskyy posted footage on Twitter that revealed him, alongside an armed escort, greeting a Pelosi-led congressional delegation just outside his presidential office. The photo had apparently been taken on Saturday.
According to Pelosi, who is the highest ranked U.S. official to have visited Ukraine since the invasion commenced, her delegation traveled all the way to Ukraine in order “to send an unmistakable and resounding message to the entire world: America stands firmly with Ukraine.”
Pelosi also condemned the “diabolical invasion” of Ukraine, which had been initiated by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Putin, on the other hand, claims that the invasion of Moscow serves as a “special military operation” for disarming Ukraine and subsequently ridding it of anti-Russian ideology, which has been significantly amplified by Western forces.
However, the West and Ukraine dispute Putin’s claims, arguing that Putin launched a completely unprovoked war of aggression on the Eastern European nation.
In response to the invasion of Ukraine, Western nations have implemented a broad array of economic sanctions upon Russia, and they have also shipped larger amounts of weapons to help the Eastern European nation defend itself against Russia’s relentless assaults.
On Friday, Pelosi declared that she was hopeful another $33B in aid would be provided for Ukraine, which Biden has called for “as soon as possible” to aid the fight back against Russia.
In recent days, Russia has turned its focus to the eastern and southern portions of Ukraine after a protracted battle in the city’s capital, which has yet to fall to Russian forces.
Per Zelenskyy, Russia is presently “gathering additional forces for new attacks against [the Ukrainian] military in the east of the country” in an effort “to increase pressure in the Donbas.”
More than 5 million Ukrainians have fled since the start of the conflict, marking the largest exodus in Europe since World War II.