United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a congressional delegation on an unannounced trip to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on April 30.
“Our delegation traveled to Kyiv to send an unmistakable and resounding message to the entire world: America stands firmly with Ukraine,” a statement from the speaker’s website said on May 1.
The congressional delegation was the first to have visited Ukraine following the Russian invasion, according to the statement.
Pelosi now becomes the highest-ranking U.S. official to meet with Zelensky since Russia invaded Ukraine over two months ago.
“The United States is a leader in Ukraine’s strong support in the fight against Russian aggression. Thank you for helping to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state!” Zelensky said on social media accompanied by a video showing his meeting with the U.S. delegation.
Zelensky also awarded Pelosi the Order of Princess Olga “for her significant personal contribution to strengthening Ukrainian-American interstate cooperation and supporting sovereign, independent and democratic Ukraine.”
Drew Hammil, a spokesperson for Pelosi, said that the delegation spent just over three hours on the ground in Kyiv.
The delegation then traveled to Poland and met with Polish President Andrzej Duda and other senior officials.
Pelosi’s trip came after U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met with Zelensky on April 24.
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