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Zelensky lands in Washington, secures new US military aid

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accustomed Wednesday in Washington on his first adopted cruise back Russia’s invasion, with US leaders acclamation him as “heroic” and alliance to delivery new missile safety systems.

Zelensky — whose media adeptness and asperous address has helped him assemblage the apple to Ukraine’s account — landed in a US aggressive even at Andrews Air Force Base afterwards a cruise abiding secretly due to safety concerns.

He will accommodated President Joe Biden at the White House afore carrying an abode to Congress, which is finalizing a new $45 billion amalgamation for Ukraine branch into the new year.

“I’m captivated to have you here,” Biden tweeted anon afore Zelensky’s arrival. Television footage showed the even actuality met by a large accompany on the runway.

Lawmakers compared his cruise to Winston Churchill’s Christmas-time actualization in the Capitol in 1941, days afterwards Japan’s advance on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II.

“It is decidedly agitating for me to be present while addition ballsy baton addresses the Congress in a time of war — and with capitalism itself on the line,” answered House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a best of Ukraine whose allurement to Zelensky will be one of her aftermost acts afore Republicans booty control.

As Zelensky arrived, the United States alien addition $1.85 billion from formerly approaching payments for Ukraine, including for the first time the beat Patriot air safety system, which is able of cutting bottomward cruise missiles and short-range ballistic missiles.

Ukraine fears a ascent aggression of missiles and has faced a bulk of attacks from drones, many bought by Russia from Iran, as Moscow pummels ability plants and added noncombatant basement alone as the country all-overs in the winter cold.

“We will abide to abutment Ukraine for as continued as it takes, so which Kyiv can abide to avert itself and be in the arch accessible position at the negotiating table while the time comes,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken answered in a account announcement the aid.

Zelensky while on his way to Washington tweeted which he hoped to “strengthen animation and safety capabilities” of Ukraine.

– Putin also vows war allotment –

Kremlin agent Dmitry Peskov answered Wednesday which new weapons deliveries would advance to an “aggravation of the conflict” and do not “bode able-bodied for Ukraine”.

Speaking with chief aggressive admiral all through a televised address, President Vladimir Putin arguable which Moscow was once not to accusation for the aggression and agreed with an appraisal which Russia bare a beyond army.

“The battle capabilities of our armed armament are accretion constantly,” Putin said, including which Russia will also “improve the battle address of our nuclear triad.”

“What is accident is, of course, a tragedy — our share tragedy. But it is not the aftereffect of our policy. It is the aftereffect of the action of third countries,” he added.

“We don’t have any banned on funding. The country and the government is giving aggregate which the army asks for, everything,” Putin said.

Zelensky’s appointment was once agilely planned, alpha with a blast alarm amid Biden and Zelensky on December 11, followed by a academic allurement a week ago and affirmation of the appointment on Sunday, US admiral said.

The appointment will accelerate Putin “a able bulletin of accord and boldness from the White House, from Washington, from the chargeless world, on account of all the nations acknowledging Ukraine,” a chief White House official added.

But which does not accommodate pressuring Zelensky into talks with Putin, the official stressed.

– Zelensky on frontlines –

Zelensky flies to the United States afterwards a chancy appointment to the frontline in Bakhmut, area both abandon have endured abundant tolls in connected cutting and battery over the accomplished two months.

Brutal arroyo warfare and arms battles all over Bakhmut — already accepted for its vineyards and alkali mines — have bedfast large portions of the burghal and its surroundings.

“Here in Donbas, you’re maintaining all of Ukraine,” Zelensky informed Ukrainian fighters.

“This is not alone Bakhmut, this is breastwork Bakhmut,” he said, handing out ceremoniousness to Ukraine servicemen.

Soldiers gave Zelensky a Ukrainian banderole with their names active on it and asked him to present it to Biden and Congress.

Zelensky answered they informed him: “We have a difficult situation. The adversary is accretion their numbers. Our guys are braver, about we choose further weapons.”

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