The US President Joe Biden has arrived in Kyiv in a surprise visit to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky to “reaffirm our unwavering and unflagging commitment to Ukraine’s democracy.”
President Zelensky said that negotiations with the US were “very fruitful” and “very crucial” and added that, “We hope this year 2023 will become a year of victory.”
The two Presidents discussed a new $500 million military aid package and the White House said this will include HIMARS ammunition, air surveillance radars, Javelins and anti-armour systems.
Zelensky said that he will do everything possible to ensure the democratic world “wins this historic fight” and with the help of the US and other nation we will make “historic achievements.”
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He added, “Negotiations today were very fruitful, very important and very crucial” and the military aid package “will” definitely” make an impact on the battlefields in Ukraine.
The US President will also place further sanctions on Russia and businesses who are trying to “evade or backfill Russia’s war machine.”
President Biden said in Kyiv, “Over the last year, the United States has built a coalition of nations from the Atlantic to the Pacific to help defend Ukraine with unprecedented military, economic, and humanitarian support – and that support will endure.”
The White House said in a statement, “As the world prepares to mark the one-year anniversary of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, I am in Kyiv today to meet with President Zelenskyy and reaffirm our unwavering and unflagging commitment to Ukraine’s democracy, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.
“When Putin launched his invasion nearly one year ago, he thought Ukraine was weak and the West was divided. He thought he could outlast us.
“But he was dead wrong.
“Today, in Kyiv, I am meeting with President Zelenskyy and his team for an extended discussion on our support for Ukraine.
“I will announce another delivery of critical equipment, including artillery ammunition, anti-armor systems, and air surveillance radars to help protect the Ukrainian people from aerial bombardments.
“And I will share that later this week, we will announce additional sanctions against elites and companies that are trying to evade or backfill Russia’s war machine.
“Over the last year, the United States has built a coalition of nations from the Atlantic to the Pacific to help defend Ukraine with unprecedented military, economic, and humanitarian support – and that support will endure.
“I also look forward to travelling on to Poland to meet President Duda and the leaders of our eastern flank allies, as well as deliver remarks on how the United States will continue to rally the world to support the people of Ukraine and the core values of human rights and dignity in the UN Charter that unite us worldwide.”