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Volodymyr Zelenskyy set to meet Joe Biden at White House tomorrow – his first trip outside Ukraine since start of war | World News


Volodymyr Zelenskyy is set to travel to the United States to meet President Joe Biden at the White House tomorrow.

The trip will mark the first time the president of Ukraine has left Ukraine since the Russian invasion on February 24.

The visit has yet to be confirmed by Washington amid concerns about by Mr. Zelenskyy security and can still be canceled at the last minute.

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The President of Ukraine is also preparing to address the National Assembly on Capitol Hill.

He will also meet congressional and national security committee leaders from Republicans and Democrats, according to Punchbowl News.

Earlier today, US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there would be a session of Congress tomorrow night with a “very special focus on democracy”.

US politicians are set to vote on a year-end spending package that includes some $45 billion (£37 billion) in emergency assistance to Ukraine. Meanwhile, the US is preparing to send Patriot surface-to-air missiles to help it repel the Russian invasion.

This funding will be the largest US assistance to Ukraine, surpassing President Biden’s $37 billion (£30 billion) emergency request and will ensure funding goes to the effort. force of war for many months to come.

Zelenskyy spoke to various parliaments and international organizations by video during the Russian invasion and sent his wife to foreign capitals to call for assistance in the war.

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The surprise visit of the army on the front line

It comes after Mr Zelenskyy made a surprise visit to the army in the frontline city of Bakhmut in Ukraine’s disputed Donetsk province.

Visiting the scene of some of the fiercest battles since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Mr Zelenskyy praised the “courage, resilience and strength” of the army.

In a video released by his office, Mr Zelenskyy was presented with a Ukrainian flag and hinted at giving it to US leaders.

“These people gave our beautiful Ukrainian flag with their signatures for us to move on,” Mr. Zelenskyy said.

“We are in a not easy situation. The enemy is increasing the army, and our people are braver and need stronger weapons. We will pass it from the boys to the Congress. , to the president of the United States. We’re grateful for their support, but it’s not enough. It’s a suggestion – it’s not enough.”

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