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Pelosi pledges US support for Ukraine after Zelenskyy meeting

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday pledged unwavering US support for Ukraine “until the fighting is over” after she and a congressional delegation held an unannounced meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv.

pelosi and Zelensky both published tweets from the meeting – with the Ukrainian leader linking to a video of him in work clothes and surrounded by armed guards greeting Democratic congressmen in Kyiv on Saturday.

“We believe we are visiting you to thank you for your fight for freedom. We are on a frontier of freedom and your fight is a fight for all. Our commitment is to be there for you until the fight is over,” Pelosi said in a video posted to her account.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (R) greets U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (C) and a U.S. Congress delegation before a meeting in Kyiv (Kyiv), Ukraine April 30, 2022.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of a congressional delegation visited Kyiv amid the Russian invasion.
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Pelosi is the highest-ranking US official to visit Ukraine since Russia invaded on February 24, and comes a week after Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met Zelenskyy in Kyiv.

Zelenskyi the day before welcomed the delegation, which included MPs Adam Schiff from California and Gregory Meeks from New York, and expressed his gratitude to them for this signal of strong support from the United States, the people and the United States Congress – bicameral and bipartisan support.”

“This shows that today the United States is a leader in providing strong support to Ukraine during the war against Russian Federation aggression,” he said.

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (C) speaks during a meeting with the President of Ukraine in Kyiv.
Nancy Pelosi speaks at a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (4-R) with Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (3-L) during a meeting in Kyiv (Kyiv), Ukraine, April 30, 2022.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy meets with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during a meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, April 30, 2022.
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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy greets Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) before their meeting as Russia's assault on Ukraine continues April 30, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine
Nancy Pelosi said Zelensky urged the US to continue providing military, economic and humanitarian assistance.
Press Service of the President of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS

Pelosi, in a statement released Sunday, said Zelenskyy had urged the US to continue providing military, economic and humanitarian assistance in the wake of what it called “Putin’s diabolical invasion.”

“Our delegation proudly conveyed the message that additional American support is on the way as we work to turn President Biden’s strong funding request into a legislative package,” Pelosi’s statement said

“Our delegation conveyed to President Zelenskyy our respect and gratitude for his leadership and our admiration for the Ukrainian people for their courage in the fight against Russian oppression,” she continued.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) pose for a photo before their meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine April 30, 2022 as Russia's assault on Ukraine continues.
Pelosi on Sunday pledged unwavering US support for Ukraine “until the fight is over.”
Press Service of the President of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS

President Biden asked Congress last week to approve $33 billion in new funding for Ukraine.

The package includes $20.4 billion in military spending, $8.5 billion in cash for the Ukrainian government and $3 billion in humanitarian aid.

Pelosi and the other Democrats are expected to meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda and other senior officials.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) pose for a photo with their delegations before a meeting as Russia's ongoing assault on Ukraine April 30, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine .
Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the delegation, which included MPs Adam Schiff from California and Gregory Meeks from New York.
Press Service of the President of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS

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