president of ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky He landed in the United States on Wednesday morning, his first known trip outside his home country since Russia invaded the war-torn country in February.
president of the united states Joe Biden And Zelensky met at the White House and held a joint press conference following bilateral talks by senior officials from both countries, where Biden promised to support the young leader “as long as necessary.” In the evening, at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC, he delivered an inspiring and historic 32-minute address to US Congressmen.
“For all odds and doom and gloom scenarios, Ukraine did not fall. Ukraine is alive and kicking.
“This fight is not just for the life, liberty and security of Ukrainians and other countries that Russia is trying to conquer,” he said, adding, “This fight is about what world our children and grandchildren will have.” I will decide whether to live in.”
President Zelensky said that Ukrainian soldiers are fully versed in how to operate America’s complex weapons systems and aircraft, assuring Americans their money was not wasted in Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and U.S. Vice President Kamala during an address before the U.S. Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, December 21, 2022 Giving a speech after handing the Ukrainian flag to Harris (left). .
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Earlier in the day, Secretary of State Anthony Brinken announced a $1.85 billion military package for Ukraine, including the Patriot missile system that Russia warned the US against sending to Ukraine.
The president’s visit to the United States comes just hours after he made a surprise trip to Bakhmut, a front-line city in eastern Ukraine, on Tuesday. There he met the soldiers defending the city from the Russian army.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits Ukrainian military personnel at the frontline town of Bakhmut positions during the Russian offensive against Ukraine in Donetsk region, Ukraine, December 20, 2022.
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Zelensky praised the courage and fortitude of the army and civilians of the city of Donetsk and wrote: “Bakhmut Fortress. Our people, unconquered by the enemy. With their courage, we endure and ours.” You have proven that you will not give up, Ukraine is proud, you are proud! Thank you for your courage, resilience and strength in repelling enemy attacks.”