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Zelenskyy urges Biden to visit Ukraine: ‘Come here to see’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on President Biden to visit Ukraine to “come to see the devastation caused by Russian forces”.

In an interview with CNN’s State of the Union that aired Sunday, Zelensky was asked if there were any plans for Biden to visit the country.

“I think he will. I mean, it’s his choice, of course,” Zelensky told host Jake Tapper on Friday. “And it depends on the security situation. I mean that. But I think he’s the leader of the United States and that’s why he should come here to see it.”

Biden had told reporters during a visit to Poland last month he wanted to visit the war-torn country but claimed others were preventing him from doing so.

“You understandably won’t let me cross the border and see what’s going on in Ukraine,” Biden said at a humanitarian briefing in Rzeszow, southeast Poland, without clarifying who was holding him back.

A young man pushes a wheelbarrow in front of a destroyed apartment building in the Ukrainian city of Borodyanka.
A young man pushes a wheelbarrow in front of a destroyed apartment building in the Ukrainian city of Borodyanka.
Petros Giannakouris/AP

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said last week there were no plans for the president to visit Ukraine.

“President Biden currently has no plans to travel to Kyiv. But what I’m going to tell you is that he sits in the Oval Office and the Situation Room on a daily basis organizing and coordinating the world when it comes to arms shipments,” Sullivan said.

On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also dismissed the possibility of Biden visiting the country.

“He’s ready for anything. The man likes a fast car, some planes — he’s ready to go to Ukraine,” Psaki said on the Pod Save America podcast. But she added: “We are not sending the President to Ukraine.”

Zelensky’s comments come after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with Zelensky and the two men walked the streets of Kyiv in a show of solidarity after Russian troops withdrew from the capital.

Men walk in a shell-damaged street in Chernihiv, Ukraine, on April 13.
Men walk in a shell-damaged street in Chernihiv, Ukraine, on April 13.
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Other leaders who recently visited Ukraine include European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the Presidents of Estonia, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania.

The prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia also traveled to Kyiv on March 15, while the city was being heavily bombed three weeks after the Russian invasion began.

Biden hinted Thursday that the US is only considering sending a senior US official to Kyiv to meet with Zelenskyy.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/17/zelensky-calls-on-biden-to-visit-ukraine-come-here-to-see/ Zelenskyy urges Biden to visit Ukraine: ‘Come here to see’

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