Biden In Kiev With Zelensky, Vows Unconditional Support For Ukraine

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U.S. President Joe Biden and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy
U.S. President Joe Biden and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visit Saint Michael’s cathedral, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine February 20, 2023. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

KIEV – U.S. President Joe Biden arrived in Kyiv on Monday in an unannounced visit, timed to upstage the Kremlin ahead of the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Biden promised that the U.S. would continue to stand with Ukraine as long as it takes, and offered RM2276.90 million worth of weaponry, including artillery ammunition, anti-armour systems, and air defence radars, plus tighter sanctions on Russia.

The anniversary has taken on more than symbolic significance and has become the motivation for the deadliest phase of the war so far. Russia has been hurling thousands of conscripts and mercenaries into a winter offensive, and the West sees it as an attempt to gain victories to tout a year after the invasion.

Biden’s visit was clearly timed to upstage Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, who was due to make a major address on Tuesday setting out his aims for the second year of the proxy war against the armed might of Washington and NATO. – Reuters