Volodymyr Zelensky, during his visit to the United States to meet President Joe Biden, has thanked the country’s bipartisan support to Ukraine’s resistance against the Russian invasion, which began in February 2022.

This was Zelensky’s first state visit since the war commenced. The US has promised to send Ukraine its Patriot air missile defense system, which will be included in a $1.85 billion package the Joe Biden administration has planned in aid to Ukrainian war efforts.

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In a press conference after their meeting, Zelensky said, ““I know that… the United States will help us to defend our values and independence, and regardless of changes in the Congress, I believe that there will be bipartisan and bicameral support”. 

Regarding the latest package being handed to Ukraine, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has said in a statement, “Today’s assistance for the first time includes the Patriot Air Defense System, capable of bringing down cruise missiles, short range ballistic missiles, and aircraft at a significantly higher ceiling than previously provided air defense systems.”

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Biden, on his part, said in the press conference, “The United States is committed to ensuring that the brave Ukrainian people can continue to defend their country against Russian aggression as long as it takes”.

Although his administration has received some opposition from the Republican Party when it comes to spending tens of billions of dollars in aiding Ukraine, there has been considerable bipartisan support for the eastern European country’s resistance against Russia.

Donald Trump Jr., on his part, has been receiving some flak on social media after calling Zelensky an “international welfare queen”. There have been some other posts doing the rounds on social media that are targetted against the Ukrainian leader, accusing him of going to the US only to collect aid.