Headline RoundupFebruary 20th, 2023

Biden Makes Surprise Trip to Kyiv

Summary from the 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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