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Pelosi, lawmakers make surprise visit to Kyiv

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kiev on Saturday Associated Press/Ukrainian Presidential Press Office

Pelosi, lawmakers make surprise visit to Kyiv

The U.S. speaker of the house and six other Democrats branded the war in Ukraine as a fight between democracy and autocracy during a three-hour meeting in Kyiv on Saturday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the most senior U.S. official to visit Ukraine since the war began more than two months ago. The delegation traveled in and out of the country in secret, and the trip was not made public until the lawmakers had arrived back in Poland.

What did they accomplish? Pelosi told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy the United States would support his country “until the fight is done.” The trip came two days after President Joe Biden asked Congress for $33 billion in additional aid to Ukraine. “We have to make sure the Ukrainians have what they need to win,” said Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., who traveled with the group. “What we have seen in the last two months is their ferocity, their intense pride, their ability to fight and their ability to win if they have the support to do so.”

Dig deeper: Read William Inboden’s column for WORLD Opinions arguing for ongoing U.S. support for Ukraine.

Lynde Langdon

Lynde is WORLD’s executive editor for news. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kan.


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