Pelosi Meets with Zelenskyy in Kyiv to show U.S. support for Ukraine

Pelosi Meets with Zelenskyy in Kyiv to show U.S. support for Ukraine. 

During a visit to Poland on Sunday, a U.S. congressional delegation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lauded the courage of the Ukrainian people a day after a surprise trip to Kyiv to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Ukraine’s needs for the next phase of the war were reviewed by American legislators, with Pelosi saying that Washington would stand by Ukraine until it defeated Russia.

Pelosi, a California Democrat who is second in line to the President after the vice president, was the highest-ranking American legislator to visit Ukraine since Russia’s conflict began nearly two months ago. 

Her surprise visit occurred days after Moscow struck Kyiv while the United Nations Secretary-General was in the city.

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Pelosi and a half-dozen other U.S. congressmen met with Zelenskyy and his top advisers for three hours late Saturday to gain a first-hand assessment of the war effort. 

The delegation members were unified in applauding Ukraine’s defenses thus far, casting the war as one of virtue vs. evil, and guaranteeing sustained long-term military, humanitarian, and economic support from the United States.

“We were happy to deliver to him a message of unity from the United States Congress, a message of appreciation from the American people for his leadership, and admiration for the people of Ukraine for their bravery,” Pelosi added.

Their visit occurred only two days after President Biden urged Congress for $33 billion to help Ukraine battle Russia, more than doubling the initial $13.6 billion aid package passed by Congress earlier this month and now nearly depleted. 

The move was intended to send Russian President Vladimir Putin that U.S. armament and other forms of assistance were not going away as the war entered its third month.

Rep. Gregory Meeks, a Democrat from New York, said, “This is a time for us to stand up for democracy, or we will enable tyranny to rule the day.”

A Democrat from California, Rep. Adam Schiff, said, “This is a war of freedom against tyranny.” “And Ukraine is on the front lines of that struggle.”

“Weapons, weapons, and weapons,” said Democratic Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado, a veteran, and member of the House intelligence and armed services committee.

“We must ensure that the Ukrainians have all they require to succeed. We’ve seen their ferocity, strong pride, ability to battle, and potential to win if they had the support to do so in the last two months.”

“We are in this to win,” he stated, “we will stand with Ukraine until victory is won.”

Meeks, who heads the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee; Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, who chairs the House Rules Committee Crow, Barbara Lee of California, and Bill Keating of Massachusetts, made up the entire congressional delegation.

According to a video of the meeting posted by Zelenskyy’s office, Zelenskyy told the delegation, “You all are welcome.”

“We feel we are visiting you to thank you for your fight for freedom,” Pelosi told Zelenskyy.

“We are on the verge of a new era of liberty, and your struggle is a struggle for all of us. Our promise to you is that we will be there for you until the fight is over “Pelosi went on to say.

The delegation resumed their journey in southeast Poland, and members were later scheduled to meet with President Andrzej Duda and other top officials in Warsaw, Poland’s capital. Since Russia’s invasion began on February 24, Poland has taken in more than 3 million Ukrainian refugees.

Pelosi stated, “We look forward to honoring our Polish allies’ dedication and humanitarian efforts.”

Pelosi and other members of the delegation commended the fortitude of the Ukrainian people at a news conference in Poland. The team also handed Zelenskyy “a letter of gratitude from the American people for his leadership,” she said.

McGovern claimed that Russia’s war had far-reaching consequences beyond Ukraine, claiming that it was worsening a food crisis that would be terrible for the world’s poor.