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Days ahead of 1st anniversary of Ukraine war, US president Biden makes surprise visit to Kyiv

US president Joe Biden (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

Days before Russia’s military adventure in Ukraine completed its first anniversary, US president Joe Biden on Monday (20) visited Kyiv, the capital of the war-devastated east European nation.

Rolling Stone reported that Biden’s visit to Ukraine was a surprising one which aimed to underscore Washington’s support for president Zelensky and his war efforts against the Kremlin.

It also marked Biden’s first ever visit to Ukraine as the president.

“One year later, Kyiv stands. And Ukraine stands. Democracy stands,” the US president said, the Rolling Stone report added.

In a tweet, Biden said, “As we approach the anniversary of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, I’m in Kyiv today to meet with President Zelenskyy and reaffirm our unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s democracy, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.”

While Ukraine has fought Russian troops to a standstill with weapons from western nations worth billions, Russia has also continued with its assault on Ukraine’s defence despite US sanctions and massive losses of people and equipment.

The Rolling Stone report also added that a number of government agencies and officials in both the US and Ukraine did not immediately respond to its inquiries about the high-profile visit.

A top-placed source in the White House US government confirmed Biden’s visit on the condition of anonymity saying they were not authorised to speak openly.

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