U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a Congressional delegation on a surprise trip this past Sunday to Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The goal of the visit was to reaffirm strong U.S. support for the besieged nation as Ukraine continues to defend itself against the Russian invasion, now going into its 11th week.
This was the first time a U.S. Congressional delegation met with Zelenskyy since the war began in February.
Upon meeting for the first time in person, Zelenskyy shook Pelosi's hand and, with hand to heart, expressed thanks to her for coming.
Pelosi assured Zelenskyy and Ukrainians that the U.S. had Ukraine’s back for the duration of the war. The U.S. recently approved an additional $800 million in military aid to Ukraine, and President Biden is seeking approval from Congress for $33 billion in aid to Ukraine.
“Your fight is a fight for everyone, and so our commitment is to be there for you until the fight is done,” Pelosi said during the secretly planned three-hour sit-down meeting with Zelenskyy.
Pelosi is the highest-ranking U.S. official to meet in person with the Ukrainian president since the beginning of the war.