House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday morning that the United States would support Ukraine “until victory is won” against Russia, a day after she and a delegation of Democratic lawmakers secretly traveled to Kyiv to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The delegation meets Zelensky for three hours in the Ukrainian capital. pelosi mentioned it was “to send an unequivocal and resounding message to the entire world: America stands firmly with Ukraine.”
Zelensky spoke of the need for increased security, economic and humanitarian assistance from US President Joe Biden who has asked Congress to approve an additional $33 billion in aid.
“I am grateful for this strong signal of support for Ukraine,” Zelensky said in a video of the meeting posted on his official Telegram channel on Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Pelosi is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Ukraine since the February 24 invasion of Russia. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met with Zelensky last weekend, after which Biden announced he was asking Congress for more help for Ukraine.
Russian rockets hit kyiv last week as United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres met with Zelensky.
The US delegation was in Poland on Sunday to meet with President Andrzej Duda and other senior officials. “We look forward to thanking our Polish allies for their dedication and humanitarian efforts,” Pelosi said. mentioned.
The House delegation also included Representatives Gregory Meeks (D., NY), Bill Keating (D., Mass.), Jason Crow (D., Colo.), Barbara Lee (D., Calif.), Jim McGovern ( D., Mass) and Adam Schiff (D., Calif.). Meeks is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Schiff is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
Schiff said the Biden administration would not send American troops to fight in Ukraine, but they had discussed ways the United States and its allies could increase support.
The boycott of Russian natural resources is one of these projects. A German official said on Sunday that the country expects to be independent of Russian oil imports by the end of the summer. Europe’s largest economy has cut Russia’s import share of oil to 12%, coal to 8% and natural gas to 35%, German Economy and Climate Minister Robert Habeck said, according to the Associated Press.
The European Union is considering a ban on Russian oil after banning imports of Russian coal. Germany has shifted to importing oil and coal from other countries, so “an end to dependence on Russian crude oil imports by the end of the summer is realistic,” he said. Habeck’s ministry, the AP reported.
Zelensky tweeted Sunday that the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol in eastern Ukraine began, indicating that the first group of around 100 people was heading towards Zaporizhzhia in southeastern Ukraine. Ukraine. He said Ukraine was working with the UN and the International Red Cross to evacuate other civilians from the factory.
Russia is withdrawing from the International Space Station, Bloomberg reported, citing state media Tass and RIA Novosti. Roscosmos chief executive Dmitry Rogozin threatened to do so last month unless the United States, European Union and Canada lift sanctions on Russian companies involved in its space industry.
Rogozin said Russia would inform its partners about the wind from the ISS “with one year’s notice”. There are currently six American, three Russian, one Italian and one German astronauts aboard the International Space Station, Bloomberg reported.
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