House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday pledged unwavering US support for Ukraine ‘until the fight is over’ after she and a congressional delegation held an unannounced meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv.
Hairy and Zelensky both posted tweets from the meeting – with the Ukrainian leader linked to a video of him wearing fatigues and surrounded by armed guards as he greeted Democratic members of Congress in Kyiv on Saturday.
“We believe we are visiting you to thank you for your fight for freedom. We are at the frontier of freedom and your fight is a fight for all. Our commitment is to be here for you until the fight is over,” Pelosi said in a video posted to his account.
Pelosi is the most senior US official to visit Ukraine since Russia invaded on February 24 and comes a week after Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met with Zelensky in Kyiv.
Zelensky the day before greeted the delegation, which included Representatives Adam Schiff of California and Gregory Meeks of New York, and expressed his gratitude to you “for this signal of strong support from the United States, the people and Congress – bicameral support and bipartisan.
“It shows that the United States is today a leader in strong support for Ukraine during the war against aggression from the Russian Federation,” he said.
Pelosi, in a statement on Sunday, said Zelensky had urged the United States to continue providing military, economic and humanitarian assistance following what it called “Putin’s diabolical invasion.”
“Our delegation proudly delivered the message that additional U.S. support is on the way, as we work to turn President Biden’s strong request for funding into a legislative package,” Pelosi said.
“Our delegation expressed our respect and gratitude to President Zelensky for his leadership and our admiration for the Ukrainian people for their courage in the fight against Russian oppression,” he continued.
President Biden last week asked Congress to approve $33 billion in new funding for Ukraine.
The package includes $20.4 billion in military spending, $8.5 billion in cash for the Ukrainian government and $3 billion in humanitarian aid.
Pelosi and the other Democrats are expected to meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda and other top officials.
With post wires