US President Joe Biden arrives in Kyiv
On Monday, Feb. 20, 2023, U.S. President Joseph Biden arrived in Kyiv with an unannounced visit. Together with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President Biden honored the memory of the fallen soldiers at the Memorial Wall near the St. Michael’s Cathedral of Kyiv. Symbolically, Ukraine marks the Remembrance Day of the Heavenly Hundred Heroes of Revolution of Dignity today.
The official statement of the White House as the world prepares to mark the first anniversary of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine: “I am in Kyiv today to meet with President Zelenskyy and reaffirm our unwavering and unflagging commitment to Ukraine’s democracy, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. When Putin launched his invasion nearly one year ago, he thought Ukraine was weak and the West was divided. He thought he could outlast us. But he was dead wrong. Today, in Kyiv, I am meeting with President Zelenskyy and his team for an extended discussion on our support for Ukraine. I will announce another delivery of critical equipment, including artillery ammunition, anti-armor systems, and air surveillance radars to help protect the Ukrainian people from aerial bombardments. And I will share that later this week, we will announce additional sanctions against elites and companies that are trying to evade or backfill Russia’s war machine. Over the last year, the United States has built a coalition of nations from the Atlantic to the Pacific to help defend Ukraine with unprecedented military, economic, and humanitarian support — and that support will endure.”
It is also symbolic that today the United States marks President’s Day — a federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February.