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Biden Unexpectedly Visits Kyiv Amidst Russian Occupation

20 February 2023, Monday
On Monday, Joe Biden, the President of the United States, made a surprise visit to Kyiv, in the lead up to the looming one-year anniversary of Russia's military intervention into Ukraine. 

The recent trip marked Biden's first to Ukraine since the order was given by Russian President Vladimir Putin to deploy troops into their neighbouring country back on February 24th, 2022.

Air raid sirens sounded as US President Joe Biden visited Kyiv and had a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy, though there were fortunately no major strikes. 

Through a White House statement, Biden assured Ukraine's commitment to their democracy, sovereignty and territorial integrity. He was quoted as saying “When Putin launched his invasion almost a year ago, he thought Ukraine was weak and the West was divided. He thought he could outlast us. But he was dead wrong.”

This week, the United States will be announcing extra sanctions against high-ranking individuals and firms trying to bypass or refill Russia's war machine. President Joe Biden revealed that the US will be providing Ukraine with $500 million of additional assistance, including petrol ammunition, anti-armour systems and aerial surveillance radars. He also reaffirmed further sanctions against Russia. The President stated, "These steps will increase the pressure on Russia, from our partners and allies, and from within the Russian population itself, so that the Russian government will cease its reckless and dangerous actions in Ukraine and elsewhere, and cease its support for hostile regimes including Syria and Iran.”

On his Telegram account, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy deemed US President Joe Biden's visit in December 2022 to Ukraine a "highly important gesture of aid for all Ukrainians". The two leaders discussed "long-range weapons and those that could still be provided to Ukraine even though it hadn't been previously", without giving any definite promises. Hoda Abdel Hamid of Al Jazeera, who is in Kyiv, stated that the US president's visit will be welcomed enthusiastically by the Ukrainian people, especially since President Putin is scheduled to deliver a speech the following day.

The US President, Joe Biden, has visited Ukraine to express his support and pledge weapons to the nation in their conflict with Russia. This has given Ukrainians a feeling of confidence as they prepare to launch a new offensive and a border buildup with neighbouring Belarus.

The visit gave Biden the opportunity to gain an understanding of the magnitude of the devastation caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Thousands of Ukrainian troops and civilians have been killed and millions have been forced to flee into Poland and other destinations in Europe.

Sergei Markov, a Russian political scientist and former spokesman of President Vladimir Putin, has claimed that Moscow had provided a personal guarantee for the security of Joe Biden during his trip to Kyiv. According to the scientist, Putin ensured that there would be no rocket or aviation strikes while the U.S. president was in the country. Al Jazeera has not been able to verify his statement.

President Joe Biden's visit to Ukraine ahead of the anniversary of Russia's invasion has been seen as a strategic move in terms of domestic politics.

Kremlin-connected political analyst on Tuesday said Biden’s visit was a “big victory” against his political enemies.

According to the analyst, inside the US Democratic Party there are those who believe Biden “is not physically and mentally able” to carry out presidential duties.

The timing of Biden's journey to Ukraine is understood to be significant as it is before Russian President Vladimir Putin’s state of the nation address on Tuesday and ahead of the first anniversary of the invasion this Friday.

Other Western leaders such as German Chancellor Olaf Scholtz, French President Emmanuel Macron, and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak have also paid visits to Kyiv in the last year.
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