Biden Visits Zelensky in Kiev, Pledges Another $500 Million in Military Aid

Chris Menahan
Feb. 20, 2023

Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Kiev on Monday to meet with Volodymyr Zelensky and pledge an additional $500 million in US military aid.

From the AP, "US President Biden pledges military aid during Kyiv visit":
President Joe Biden made an unannounced visit Monday to Ukraine to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky, a gesture of solidarity that comes days before the one-year anniversary of Russia's invasion of the country.

Biden delivered remarks and met with Zelensky at Mariinsky Palace to announce an additional half-billion dollars in US assistance and to reassure Ukraine of American and allied support as the conflict continues.

The US leader recalled the fears nearly a year ago that Russia’s invasion forces might quickly take the Ukrainian capital. "One year later, Kyiv stands," Biden said, jamming his finger for emphasis on his stand decorated with the US and Ukrainian flags. "Ukraine stands. Democracy stands. The Americans stand with you and the world stands with you."
"Democracy" in this context means Zelensky's military dictatorship where opposition parties are banned, Orthodox Christian priests are rounded up and the state runs all major media outlets.

Biden pledged to send Ukraine more High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) along with other military aid.

Zelensky said he spoke with Biden about "long range weapons and the weapons that may still be supplied to Ukraine even though it wasn't supplied before," according to the AP.

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