Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is returning to the U.S. next week, intent on making a case for continued support for his embattled nation in both New York and Washington.
Zelenskyy will meet President Joe Biden in the White House on Thursday after addressing the U.N. General Assembly two days earlier. According to an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive visit.
Zelenskyy impressed upon receptive members of Congress that helping fund Ukraine’s war effort against Russia was “not charity” but an “investment” in democracy. He’s now expect to return to Capitol Hill at a time. When Republicans control the House. Congress is debating Biden’s request of $24 billion in military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine.
The trip to the Capitol was confirmed by two congressional aides granted anonymity to discuss the plans.
President Joe Biden, right, who welcomed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the White House is December, will host him again next week.
Biden has steadfastly stood behind Ukraine’s fight to defend its territory, directing billions of dollars toward that cause. He also traveled to Kyiv to visit Zelenskyy in February.
The last time the two leaders met was in July at the NATO summit in Lithuania, where Zelenskyy drew strong support but not the timeline he wanted for Ukraine to join the military alliance.
Zelenskyy War developments:
◾ The International Criminal Court has opened a field office in Kyiv. The tribunal’s largest outside its home base of The Hague, Netherlands. According to Ukraine Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin. The ICC has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Accusing him of war crimes in Ukraine.
◾ A Russian pilot intentionally fired missiles at an unarmed. British surveillance plane in international airspace over the Black Sea last September. After getting an ambiguous command, not quite the “technical malfunction” Russia blamed for the incident, the BBC reported. British officials have downplayed the encounter.