Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky plans a whirlwind visit to the United States this Wednesday, in what could be his first trip abroad since the start of the Russian invasion last February.
According to several US media reports, President Joe Biden is expected to welcome his Ukrainian counterpart, who is also scheduled to visit Congress.
The visit, if confirmed, comes at a time when the US is considering sending new military aid to Ukraine, including Patriot missiles, and at a time when the House of Representatives will fall into the hands of Republicans, some of whom have called for scaling back Washington’s aid to Kiev.
Reports indicate that details of the visit have not been finalized, as Zelensky’s trip could be cut short at the last minute due to security concerns.
Ukraine has seen an upsurge in Russian shelling in recent weeks as Kremlin troops lose ground and morale.
The United States has supported Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion and Zelensky has previously addressed Congress through virtual means to ask for more help for his country.