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U.S. Speaker of the Home Nancy Pelosi made an unannounced journey to Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday the place she and a few of her Democratic colleagues met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Zelenskyy welcomed the delegation, shaking the lawmakers’ arms on a avenue within the capital metropolis forward of their assembly, in accordance with a video tweeted by the Ukrainian president Sunday morning.
“You all are welcome,” Zelenskyy may be heard saying.
The Democratic delegation included: Chairman Jim McGovern, Chairman Gregory Meeks, Chairman Adam Schiff, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congressman Invoice Keating and Congressman Jason Crow.
Not all of the members entered Ukraine or met with Zelenskyy.
Pelosi, second in line to the presidency after the vp, is the highest-ranking American chief to go to Ukraine for the reason that begin of the warfare.
PELOSI MAKES SURPRISE VISIT TO KYIV, REAFFIRMS U.S. COMMITMENT TO UKRAINE IN MEETING WITH ZELENSKYY
Throughout a gathering later within the day, Pelosi affirmed the USA’ dedication to serving to Ukraine.
“We believe that we are visiting you to say thank you for your fight for freedom. We are on a frontier of freedom and your fight is a fight for everyone,” Pelosi mentioned. “Our commitment is to be there for you until the fight is done.”
In a separate assertion, Pelosi’s workplace mentioned the Democratic delegation would work on approving a brand new $33 billion support bundle President Joe Biden requested.
“Our Congressional Delegation had the solemn opportunity and extraordinary honor of meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other top Ukrainian officials in Kyiv,” Pelosi’s workplace mentioned in a press release.
BIDEN REQUESTS $33B FROM CONGRESS FOR UKRAINE EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING
“Our delegation traveled to Kyiv to send an unmistakable and resounding message to the entire world: America stands firmly with Ukraine,” the workplace continued. “Our meeting with President Zelenskyy began with him thanking the United States for the substantial assistance that we have provided. He conveyed the clear need for continued security, economic and humanitarian assistance from the United States to address the devastating human toll taken on the Ukrainian people by Putin’s diabolic invasion – and our delegation proudly delivered the message that additional American support is on the way, as we work to transform President Biden’s strong funding request into a legislative package.”
Pelosi added: “Our delegation conveyed our respect and gratitude to President Zelenskyy for his leadership and our admiration of the Ukrainian people for their courage in the fight against Russia’s oppression.”
BIDEN ANNOUNCES ANOTHER $800 MILLION IN MILITARY ASSISTANCE FOR UKRAINE
Shortly after the assembly, the group left Ukraine en path to Warsaw, Poland, Pelosi added.
Zelenskyy tweeted after the assembly, through a translation: “The United States is a leader in Ukraine’s strong support in the fight against Russian aggression. Thank you for helping to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state!”
Зустріч зі спікером Палати представників Конгресу США @SpeakerPelosi в Києві. Сполучені Штати є лідером потужної підтримки України в боротьбі з агресією РФ. Дякуємо, що допомагаєте захищати суверенітет і територіальну цілісність нашої держави! pic.twitter.com/QXSBPFoGQh
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) May 1, 2022
BLINKEN, AUSTIN TO VISIT UKRAINE SUNDAY, ZELENSKYY SAYS
Final week, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin traveled to Ukraine the place they mentioned rising the monetary and navy help the U.S. would supply Ukraine.
“In recent weeks, the pace, the number – everything has improved. I’m grateful for that,” Zelenskyy mentioned after the assembly.
Shortly after the U.S. senior officers visited with Zelenskyy, Biden requested Congress approve a further $33 billion in support. Over $20 billion of the proposed help have been for weapons.
Final week, Biden introduced one other $800 million in safety help to assist Ukraine struggle in opposition to Russian invaders in Luhansk and Donetsk.
Each day Submit’ Caitlin McFall and the Related Press contributed to this report.