Who would have guessed that after spending a lovely evening with his wife on a romantic Valentine’s week date night, President Biden would be spotted two days later strolling through Kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky?
After taking his wife out to dinner at a cozy Washington restaurant, President Biden boarded a US military plane crossing the Atlantic with a skeleton team of advisers accompanied by armed and edgy Secret Service agents embarking on a cloak-and-dagger secrecy mission to visit Kyiv.
No one saw that coming. President Biden went on this audacious and rather risky journey to express solidarity with Ukrainians as the Russian invasion of their country enters its second year.
Americans woke up with a surprise on a public holiday, watching the clips of President Biden in his trademark aviator sunglasses stepping out of a golden-domed church and strolling in the cold streets of Ukraine next to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy as air raid sirens blared in the background.
This is the first time in modern American history that a president has entered a war zone that is not under the control of the US military. His visit to Ukraine delivers a powerful message of unity and solidarity toward Ukraine.
Mr. Biden covertly went to Kyiv to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky and promise even more weapons and announced half a billion dollars of additional assistance to Ukraine. He also promised more sanctions on Russia, which will be announced soon with further details.
I thought it was critical that there not be any doubt, none whatsoever, about U.S. support for Ukraine in the war. It’s not just about freedom in Ukraine, it’s about freedom of democracy at large.”
President Biden said this during his five hours on the ground in Kyiv before leaving again.
Biden returned to Poland Monday evening. He is scheduled to meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda and give remarks in Warsaw on Tuesday.