‘Democracy stands’: President Biden lands in Kyiv for surprise visit to war-torn country ahead of the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion and announces $500 million of new weapons
- Biden said: ‘One year later, Kyiv stands. And Ukraine stands. Democracy stands.’
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Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Kyiv on Monday, days before the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
His visit was shrouded in secrecy and he arrived with a stripped down traveling pool of just two reporters.
He met with President Zelensky at the Mariinsky Palace and announced half a billion dollars in extra assistance, including artillery, ammunition, more Javelins and Howitzers.
He said: ‘One year later, Kyiv stands. And Ukraine stands. Democracy stands.’
The US President was due to make a diplomatic visit to Poland over February 20-22 to meet with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Warsaw for discussions over a potential increase in US troops there.
US President Joe Biden is pictured alongside Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv this morning
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