Zelenskyy to Visit Washington as Congress Debates More Ukraine Aid
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is expected to visit Washington next week as Congress continues to debate $21 billion more in aid to Ukraine to support its fight against Russia.
U.S. lawmakers are increasingly divided over whether to provide Ukraine with more aid as its battle against the Russian invasion continues. President Joe Biden is seeking $13 billion in military aid and $8 billion in humanitarian aid. But some Republican lawmakers oppose sending more aid to Ukraine.
Zelenskyy is expected to meet with Biden next week at the White House after the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York.
Although Ukraine’s counteroffensive push against the Russian invasion has been slower than expected, Zelenskyy on Thursday celebrated what he described as Ukraine’s destruction of a Russian air defense system on the annexed Crimean Peninsula.
“A special mention should be made to the entire personnel of the Security Service of Ukraine as well as our naval forces,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly video message. “The invaders’ air defense system was destroyed. Very significant, well done!”
Earlier on Thursday, the U.S. sanctioned more than 150 businesses and individuals in Russia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Georgia to crack down on evasion of trade restrictions aimed at blocking funding for Russia’s war against Ukraine, now in its 19th month.
The newest sanctions package is one of the biggest imposed by the State Department and the U.S. Treasury. It targets those who are selling Western technology to Moscow to aid its war effort, particularly businesses and people in Turkey, a member of the Western military alliance that supports Ukraine.