It’s been one year since Russia invaded Ukraine. The United States has sent billions of dollars of weapons and support to aid Ukraine – at a cost with a high price tag of time and money. It will take 7 years to build back the supply of weapons that the United State sent. Within that one year, Biden has stayed out of Ukraine- literally. He sent Pelosi in his stead and other U.S. lawmakers have visited. Now, Biden made a surprise and unannounced visit to Ukraine and met with President Zelensky before his scheduled trip to Poland.
Fox News reports:
Biden delivered remarks and met with Zelensky at Mariinsky Palace to announce an additional half-billion dollars in U.S. assistance. The new assistance includes shells for howitzers, anti-tank missiles, air surveillance radars and other aid but no new advanced weaponry. Biden was expected to visit Poland on Monday to mark the one-year anniversary since the war began, but instead embarked on a nearly 10-hour train ride from the Polish border to visit Ukraine’s capitol.
Biden said he visited Ukraine to meet with Zelenskyy and “reaffirm our unwavering and unflagging commitment to Ukraine’s democracy, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.”
“I am meeting with President Zelenskyy and his team for an extended discussion on our support for Ukraine,” Biden said. “I will announce another delivery of critical equipment, including artillery ammunition, anti-armor systems, and air surveillance radars to help protect the Ukrainian people from aerial bombardments. And I will share that later this week, we will announce additional sanctions against elites and companies that are trying to evade or backfill Russia’s war machine.”
“Over the last year, the United States has built a coalition of nations from the Atlantic to the Pacific to help defend Ukraine with unprecedented military, economic, and humanitarian support – and that support will endure,” he continued.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida also announced $5.5 billion in aid for Ukraine as Biden visited with Zelenskyy.
Biden’s visit comes just before Russia is expected to ramp up its offensive once again in its own acknowledgment of the one-year anniversary of the conflict. Ukrainian officials warned of a massive barrage of missiles that Russia may launch on Friday, Feb. 24.