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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.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Ukraine President Zelenskyy on May 1, 2022.

Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Ukraine President Zelenskyy on Could 1, 2022.

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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.

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“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.”

In this image released by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office on Sunday, May 1, 2022, U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, center, arrives with her delegation before her meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, April 30, 2022. Pelosi, second in line to the presidency after the vice president, is the highest-ranking American leader to visit Ukraine since the start of the war, and her visit marks a major show of continuing support for the country's struggle against Russia.  

On this picture launched by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace on Sunday, Could 1, 2022, U.S. Speaker of the Home Nancy Pelosi, middle, arrives together with her delegation earlier than her assembly with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, April 30, 2022. 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, and her go to marks a serious present of constant help for the nation’s battle in opposition to Russia.  
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace through AP)

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.”

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Shortly after the assembly, the group left Ukraine en path to Warsaw, Poland, Pelosi added.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Ukraine President Zelenskyy on May 1, 2022.

Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Ukraine President Zelenskyy on Could 1, 2022.
(Zelenskyy)

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!” 

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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.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) attend a meeting, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine April 30, 2022. Picture taken April 30, 2022. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS 

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and U.S. Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) attend a gathering, as Russia’s assault on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine April 30, 2022. Image taken April 30, 2022. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout through REUTERS 
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout through REUTERS )

“In recent weeks, the pace, the number – everything has improved. I’m grateful for that,” Zelenskyy mentioned after the assembly. 

In this image from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, April 8, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP) 

On this picture from video offered by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, April 8, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace through AP) 
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace through AP)

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.

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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.

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