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Zelensky Seeks Congressional and Biden’s Support for Increased Military Aid to Ukraine

Washington D.C., September 23:  In a significant meeting at the White House, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with US President Joe Biden to discuss the ongoing conflict with Russia and the need for additional military aid. Despite opposition from certain Republican lawmakers, Biden reaffirmed strong US support for Ukraine’s efforts to repel Russian invaders.

During the two-hour war council, Biden assured Zelenskyy of continued US backing, stating, “Mr. President, we’re with you, we’re staying with you.” The meeting culminated with a handshake symbolizing the commitment to Ukraine’s cause.

Zelenskyy expressed gratitude for a recent $325 million military aid package, emphasizing its suitability for Ukraine’s current needs. The leaders also agreed on steps to enhance grain exports from Ukraine, addressing challenges posed by a Russian blockade and tensions with Poland.

However, Biden’s request for an additional $24 billion in Ukraine funding faces obstacles in the House of Representatives, where Republican hardliners are contesting the allocation. Biden stressed that congressional approval is the only path forward.

Notably, Senator Rand Paul, a vocal critic of foreign aid, voiced skepticism about Ukraine, labeling it a “corrupt regime” and highlighting the indefinite nature of the conflict.

Biden announced the forthcoming delivery of American Abrams tanks to Ukraine, underscoring a commitment not only to defense but also to Ukraine’s recovery and reforms aimed at combating corruption.

In addition to the tank delivery, the US will supply Ukraine with a second Raytheon-built Hawk air defense battery and related equipment.

Zelenskyy’s visit to Washington followed his appeal for international support at the United Nations. His efforts included meetings with military leaders, a visit to the US Capitol, and an address at the National Archives museum.

Biden’s pledge of support for Ukraine’s resilience and the Ukrainian president’s determination to defend against Russian aggression was at the forefront of their discussions.

In response to concerns, Zelenskyy emphasized the critical role of military aid for Ukraine’s war effort, stressing, “If we don’t get the aid, we will lose the war.”

As Zelenskyy and Biden discussed plans to address corruption and bolster anti-corruption institutions in Ukraine, the White House announced a fall conference aimed at strengthening the defense capabilities of both nations through joint ventures and co-production.

In a heartfelt speech at the National Archives, Zelenskyy expressed gratitude to the American people and awarded individuals who supported Ukraine’s healthcare needs and military efforts.

While the conflict in Ukraine continues, and Congress engages in budget debates, some Republicans are questioning the substantial financial support provided to Kyiv by Washington. The US has already allocated approximately $113 billion in security and humanitarian aid since Russia’s invasion in February 2022.

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