Pelosi meets Polish President after surprise visit to Kyiv

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other U.S. lawmakers met with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw on Monday.

Pelosi and several of his fellow Democrats entered Poland after a surprise visit to Ukraine on Sunday, where they met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv. Pelosi and Duda discussed Poland’s commitment to supporting Ukrainian refugees, as well as potential U.S. aid programs

“Our members discussed our countries’ continued commitment to Ukraine, particularly as Congress prepares to translate President Biden’s new request for additional security, economic and humanitarian assistance into legislation,” Pelosi announced in a statement.

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“These commitments are even more meaningful after our meeting in Kyiv with President Volodymr Zelenskyy and other senior Ukrainian leaders,” she continued. “During this profound and solemn visit, our delegation expressed our respect and gratitude to President Zelensky for his leadership and our admiration to the people of Ukraine for their courage in the fight against the evil invasion of Russia.”

The Democratic delegation included: Speaker Jim McGovern, Speaker Gregory Meeks, President Adam Schiff, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congressman Bill Keating and Congressman Jason Crow. However, not all members traveled to Ukraine or met Duda.

Pelosi is pushing for Congress to pass President Joe Biden’s proposed $33 billion aid package for Ukraine.

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Pelosi and his delegation were just the latest senior US officials to visit Ukraine. Secretary of State Tony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin visited the country last week and also discussed further aid.

While the Russian offensive has moved away from kyiv in recent weeks, heavy fighting remains in eastern Ukraine. The United Nations sought to evacuate civilians from Mariupol on Friday. The city has seen near-constant bombardment since the start of the Russian invasion and is now almost unrecognizable.

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