The powers that be have confirmed that Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will meet with President Biden today at the White House and later deliver a prime-time address to a joint session of Congress.
This trip marks the first time Zelenskyy has left his country since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
I hope you’re having a good flight, Volodymyr. I’m thrilled to have you here. Much to discuss. https://t.co/SsRdsAnSDb
— President Biden (@POTUS) December 21, 2022
From the New York Times:
Mr. Zelensky will arrive in the United States almost 10 months after President Vladimir V. Putin ordered Russian troops into Ukraine and as Congress considers approving nearly $50 billion in aid to help Ukraine’s forces battle Russia next year. That would bring the total amount of American aid to more than $100 billion.
White House officials said the announcement of the new security package by the American president — with Mr. Zelensky by his side — was meant to send a powerful message to Mr. Putin and other world leaders, along with people in Ukraine and America, that Mr. Biden would not waver in his efforts to help Ukraine defeat its Russian aggressors.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that Zelenskyy will be addressing a joint session of Congress at tonight 7:30 EST.
In March, shortly after the beginning of the Ukraine/Russia conflict, Zelenskyy addressed Congress via livestream.
NEW: Speaker Nancy Pelosi just announced that Ukraine President Volodomyr Zelenskyy will be addressing a joint meeting of Congress at tonight 7:30 EST. This is going to be a speech for the history books.
— Victor Shi (@Victorshi2020) December 21, 2022