Biden Makes Unannounced Visit to Kyiv


President Biden made an unannounced visit to Kyiv, Ukraine, his first time in the country since the start of Russia’s invasion almost exactly a year ago as he seeks to rally allies ahead of an anticipated Russian offensive.

What Happened

What Biden Said

  • Mr. Biden reflected on the resilience of the Ukrainian resistance as the war enters its second year, noting how the international community initially feared Kyiv would fall in the face of Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion.
  • “One year later, Kyiv stands. And Ukraine stands. Democracy stands,” Mr. Biden said. He added that the U.S. would stand with Ukraine “as long as it takes.”

What Happens Next

  • Mr. Biden is scheduled to meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday.
  • He is then expected to deliver a major speech that aides have said will make the case for continued support for Ukraine.
  • The stakes for Mr. Biden, who is ramping up for a re-election bid, are high. He is seeking to manage a shifting world order with a revitalized international community, as support for robust Ukraine aid at home is ebbing.
  • On Wednesday, Mr. Biden plans to meet with leaders from Eastern European countries.

Stay with us for coverage of the visit and its ramifications.

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