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At the White House, Biden promises Zelensky to “strengthen” his support for Ukraine

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During a historic meeting this Wednesday, December 21, Joe Biden promised Volodymyr Zelensky to “continue to strengthen Ukraine’s ability to defend itself, in particular anti-aircraft defence”while the Ukrainian President thanked him for his “great support”.

Receiving his counterpart by the fireside in the Oval Office, for the Ukrainian president’s first international trip since the invasion of his country in February, the American president also told him that he supported kyiv’s aspiration to a “just peace”. The Ukrainian people remain “Inspiration to the World”he said.

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“Thank you from our ordinary citizens to your ordinary citizens, the Americans”, said the Ukrainian head of state, dressed as is now his habit in trousers and a khaki sweater, and wearing heavy boots. He told Joe Biden about his “recognition from the bottom of the heart” for his role ” motor “ against the invasion of Ukraine.

A medallion from the front

Volodymyr Zelensky then offered a gift to his counterpart, a medal entrusted the day before on the front by a Ukrainian soldier whom he described as “true hero”explaining that it was a captain operating a US HIMARS rocket launcher system.

“He said to me, ‘Give it to the president’”, said Volodymyr Zelensky, handing Joe Biden a decoration stored in a box lined with velvet. The American president considered it a “great honour” receiving the present, and let it be known that he too wanted to offer this Ukrainian serviceman an American medallion.

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After 300 days of war, Volodymyr Zelensky has booked his first visit to the country which is by far Ukraine’s largest aid provider. Washington announced during its visit a substantial new component of military assistance, including in particular a Patriot surface-to-air missile system.

The Ukrainian president must also address Congress later, which is preparing to vote on a new envelope of nearly 45 billion dollars for Ukraine.

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