US President Joe Biden for the first time visited the Ukrainian capital Kyiv after the Russia’s invasion.
The president said Washington would provide Kyiv with a new military aid package worth $500m. The White House said Mr. Biden would announce more sanctions on Russia and military support for Ukraine including artillery ammunition, anti-armor systems, and air surveillance radars.
President Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin thought Ukraine was “weak and the West was divided” and, “thought he could outlast us” but added – “he was dead wrong”.
Ukraine’s president says the pair discussed long-range weapons and described negotiations as “very fruitful”.
In a statement from the White House, the president said his visit to Kyiv would “reaffirm our unwavering and unflagging commitment to Ukraine’s democracy, sovereignty, and territorial integrity”.
He added that there will be more sanctions on Russia “against elites and companies that are trying to evade or backfill Russia’s war machine”. Addressing reporters in Kyiv, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy described US President’s visit as an “extremely important sign of support for all Ukrainians”.
“Negotiations today were very fruitful, very important, and very crucial,” he said, adding that the results will “definitely” have an impact on the battlefield.
Remember that In December, Ukraine President Zelenskyy visited the USA and meets President Biden at the White House on his first trip out of Ukraine since the war began. President Biden’s trip comes as Ukrainian and Russian forces continue to fight for control of the eastern city of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region.
While Ukraine President Zelenskyy has said that Ukraine will maintain its months-long defense of the city, he warned: “not at any price”.
Remember that US President Joe Biden make a surprise visit to Ukraine and it would likely be seen as a significant diplomatic move.
A visit by the US President to Ukraine would send a strong message of support to the Ukrainian government and people, and could potentially be seen as a show of strength against Russia’s actions in the region. It could also be an opportunity for Biden to discuss issues such as security, energy, and economic cooperation with Ukrainian officials.