Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), as well as a group of US congressmembers, disclosed that they flew to Ukraine to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and show sympathy for the nation.
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In a release, the group of congressmen stated, “Our delegation came to Kyiv to deliver an unambiguous and loud message to the world: America stands support with Ukraine.”
“When we returned to the United States, we will be better informed, more inspired, and more prepared to assist the Ukrainian folks in defending their country and the world.”
Several prominent Democratic House members, notably Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Security Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and Rules Chairman of the Committee Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), joined Pelosi in Kyiv.
According to a video shared on Zelenskyy’s Twitter feed, the delegation walked through the neighborhoods of Kyiv before being received by the Ukrainian president.
Prezydent Ukrainy Wołodymyr Zełenski spotkał się w niedzielę w Kijowie z przewodniczącą Izby Reprezentantów USA Nancy Pelosi. https://t.co/I8TV0l2v2j
— tvn24 (@tvn24) May 1, 2022
Pelosi is now the top elected figure from the United States to visit the besieged Eastern European country since the war with Russia began.
Last weekend, Army Chief Lloyd Austin, as well as Secretary of State Antony Blinken, went to Kyiv to meet with top authorities.
Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), as well as Ukraine-born Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.), visited the suburbs of Kyiv, which has witnessed intense combat.
As per a video released on Zelenskyy’s Telegram account on Sunday, Pelosi remarked in a session with Ukrainian authorities, “We are coming to say a big thank you for your war for independence.”
“We pledge to be around for you until the fight is over because your battle is a fight for everyone.”
Pelosi claimed lawmakers will cooperate with the White House to approve a $33 billion aid program for Ukraine, as seen in a video posted online.
Last week, President Joe Biden urged Congress to support the bill, while also proposing another $800 million as a great option for the country.
As per a release from Pelosi’s office, Zelenskyy “expressed the evident necessity for sustained US security, financial, and relief aid to alleviate the horrific human toll placed on the Ukrainian people” as a result of Russia’s war.
Nancy Pelosi made an unannounced visit to Ukraine’s capital Saturday, becoming the highest-ranking U.S. official to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky since the war started. She told him, "Our commitment is to be there for you until the fight is done." https://t.co/qiefJPVPMt pic.twitter.com/ms1jTh5Fdg
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 1, 2022
“As we strive to turn President Biden’s providing financial aid proposal into a congressional package,” the statement said, “our team proudly sent the message that further American assistance is on the way.”
The group then flew to Poland after engaging with Ukrainian officials.
Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.), a soldier and chairman of the House Intelligence and Armed Services Committees, was more forthright in stating Democratic priorities.
“We have to make sure Ukrainians get what they want and need to win,” he stated.
“We’ve seen their fury, their strong dignity, their ability to battle, and their potential to win if they have the ability to do so.”