President Biden assures Ukraine’s Zelensky of renewed military aid amid Russian aggression

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Biden (left) and Zelensky (right).

18th February 2024 – (Washington) United States President Joe Biden has expressed his confidence in the renewal of military aid to Ukraine during a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. This comes after Russian forces captured the Ukrainian stronghold of Avdiivka, raising concerns about further Russian aggression. President Biden assured Zelensky that he had spoken with Congress and believed that the necessary funds would be allocated.

During a press briefing on Saturday, President Biden stated, “I spoke with Zelensky this afternoon to let him know that I was confident we’re going to get that money.” He emphasized the importance of U.S. support in preventing the fall of another Ukrainian city to Russian forces. Biden deemed it “absurd” and “unethical” for lawmakers to deny a new package of military aid to Ukraine.

The conversation between Biden and Zelensky took place shortly after Russia’s announcement of the capture of Avdiivka. Ukrainian forces had previously withdrawn from the area, a move described by President Zelensky as a strategic decision to protect Ukrainian lives.

Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the capture of Avdiivka as a significant victory in the ongoing war, which has now entered its second year. The White House, in a statement following the call, highlighted that Ukrainian forces had withdrawn due to limited ammunition supplies caused by congressional inaction. This allowed Russia to make notable gains after months of stalemate.

President Zelensky expressed his gratitude for President Biden’s full support in a Telegram post following the call. He expressed confidence in the wisdom of the U.S. Congress to make the right decision regarding military aid.

Vice President Kamala Harris, who met with President Zelensky during the Munich Security Conference, criticized Republicans for delaying the approval of aid. She accused them of engaging in “political gamesmanship” while Ukraine faces Russian aggression.