Biden Makes Surprise Trip to Kyiv
Summary from AllSides News Team
President Joe Biden made an unannounced visit to the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv Monday and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the 1-year anniversary of Russia's invasion approaches.
The Details: Biden visited the presidential palace, delivered remarks, and walked the streets of Kyiv alongside Zelenskyy. He announced roughly $500 million of additional military assistance to Ukraine, including more artillery ammunition, Howitzers, and javelins.
Key Quotes: Biden said the trip would "reaffirm our unwavering and unflagging commitment to Ukraine’s democracy, sovereignty, and territorial integrity." Zelenskiy told Biden his visit was "an extremely important sign of support for all Ukrainians."
For Context: The trip is Biden's first to Ukraine since the war began. Zelenskyy had invited Biden to visit Kyiv on numerous occasions. It was reported earlier this month that Biden may make a trip to Poland for the war's 1-year mark; he reportedly took a 10-hour train ride from Poland to Kyiv on Monday. Both sides are gearing up for an expected Russian offensive this spring.
How the Media Covered It: Sources across the spectrum highlighted Biden's visit as a top story Monday morning. Many focused on the additional aid Biden promised Zelenskyy.
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From the CenterReaction and remarks from Biden's visit to Ukraine
Following are comments and reaction from U.S. President Joe Biden's surprise visit to Ukraine on Monday.
"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 Zelenskiy and reaffirm our unwavering and unflagging commitment to Ukraine’s democracy, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.
"When (Russian President Vladimir) 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.
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From the LeftJoe Biden makes surprise visit to Ukraine
US President Joe Biden made a surprise trip to Kyiv early Monday, his first since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine almost a year ago, and announced new military assistance and incoming sanctions against Moscow.
As air raid sirens wailed, Biden said alongside President Volodymyr Zelensky that "Putin’s war of conquest is failing" and his trip was to reaffirm the US' "unwavering" support for Ukraine.
On the front lines, Zelensky said Sunday that Ukrainian forces are "inflicting extremely tangible losses" on Russian troops in the strategic eastern town of Vuhledar.
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From the RightPresident Biden makes surprise visit to Kyiv, Ukraine, meets with President Zelenskyy
President Biden arrived in Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv early Monday morning in a surprise visit just ahead of the one-year anniversary of Russia's invasion of the country.
Biden delivered remarks and met with President Volodymyr Zelensky at Mariinsky Palace to announce an additional half-billion dollars in U.S. assistance. The new assistance includes shells for howitzers, anti-tank missiles, air surveillance radars and other aid but no new advanced weaponry.
The trip is the first time Biden has traveled to Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion one year ago.
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