KYIV, Ukraine – US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on Sunday, May 1, to send the message that the US stands strongly behind Ukraine as it fights “Putin’s diabolic invasion.”
Zelensky welcomed Pelosi outside his presidential office, backed by an armed guard, dressed in the khaki military attire he has worn for public engagements since Russia’s invasion began on February 24.
“Our delegation traveled to Kyiv to send an unmistakable and resounding message to the entire world: America stands firmly with Ukraine,” Pelosi said in a statement.
She was escorted by many congressmen on a legislative tour that followed Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s travel to Ukraine last weekend.
“To address the tragic human toll imposed on the Ukrainian people by (President Vladimir) Putin’s diabolic invasion,” Pelosi stated, Zelenskiy had made plain that Ukraine required additional security, economic, and humanitarian help.
She remarked, “Our delegation proudly sent the message that further American help is on the way.”
Pelosi said on Friday that she intended to pass a $33 billion assistance package for Ukraine as soon as possible, as requested by President Joe Biden – a major increase in US money for Ukraine more than two months after Russia initiated a “special military operation.”
“The United States is the leader in strong support for Ukraine in the fight against Russian aggression. Thank you for helping to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state,” Zelensky said on Twitter, sharing a video of the meeting with Pelosi.
Biden’s financing request includes more than $20 billion in guns, ammunition, and other military help, as well as $8.5 billion in direct economic assistance to Ukraine and $3 billion in humanitarian relief.
According to a statement from Pelosi’s group, which included Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks, the delegation traveled from Ukraine to Poland for discussions with President Andrzej Duda and other senior officials.
After Vice President Kamala Harris, Pelosi is the second in line to follow Biden as House speaker.
Moscow claims its efforts are aimed at disarming Ukraine and removing anti-Russian chauvinism instilled by the West. Ukraine and the West accuse Russia of launching an unjustified aggressive campaign.