Biden visits Ukraine in solidarity ‘as long as necessary’

President Joe Biden made an unannounced incursion into Ukraine on Monday to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky in a show of Western solidarity with a country still fighting what he called a “brutal and unjust war,” days before the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion.

“One year later, Kiev stands,” Mr. Biden declared after meeting with Mr. Zelensky at the Mariinsky Palace. Sticking a finger on his rostrum for emphasis against a background of three flags of each country, he continued. “And Ukraine is standing. Democracy stands. Americans are with you and the world is with you.”

Mr Biden spent more than five hours in the Ukrainian capital conferring with Mr Zelensky on next steps, honoring the country’s fallen soldiers and seeing US embassy staff in the besieged country.

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