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Information about the trip to the Ukrainian president is very sparse so far, due to Zelenskyj’s safety.

but on Twitter Zelensky wrote that he is on his way to Washington for talks about what he describes as Ukraine’s defense capabilities.

He may have left Ukraine by helicopter or car, and then gone by plane, perhaps a US military plane, from Poland or Romania.

According to Reuters, Zelensky will address a joint session of the US Congress later on Wednesday.

US President spokeswoman Karen Jean-Pierre confirmed to US media that Zelensky will also meet with President Joe Biden.

Straight from the front in Donbass

Volodymyr Zelensky headed to the United States directly from the front in eastern Ukraine, where on Tuesday he visited Ukrainian soldiers defending the town of Bakhmut.

– Zelensky said that they are defending all of Ukraine, and added that after Donbass, Russia will eliminate all Ukrainian cities and everything related to Ukraine.

– said Zelensky, at the same time adding that this is not enough, we will express the gratitude of our servicemen to the US Congress.

A loud crash of hand grenades was heard during the entire visit. The campaign against Bakhmut has been going on for several months without the Russian forces being able to take control of the city.

Volodymyr Zelensky with Ukrainian soldiers in Bakhmut on Tuesday.

Photo: AP

Pelosi summoned Congress

Both houses of Congress meet on Wednesday evening.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked all representatives to physically attend for what she called “a very special focus on democracy.”

Many psychics write that Zelensky is expected to thank, among other things, the American people for the massive arms support his country receives.

Patriot missile

A US Patriot missile battery, photographed in Poland earlier in 2022.

Photo: Evan Vucci/AP

Meeting with Biden

Zelensky will meet President Joe Biden at the White House, where preparations are underway.

The two are also expected to hold a joint short press conference.

It is possible that Biden will announce that the United States will send a new package of weapons and equipment for another $ 1.8 billion.

The Axios website writes that the United States is expected to announce the arrival of Ukraine Several “smart” bombs and an advanced Patriot air defense system As requested by Zelensky.

Security should really be tightened around Capitol Hill.

It will be Zelensky’s first visit to the United States since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February. In any event, it is also his first known visit abroad since the outbreak of war.

When the capital, Kyiv, was threatened by Russian special forces at the start of the war at the end of February 2022, Zelensky chose to stay in the city.

– This is the place of the battle, was Zelensky’s response to the offer from the United States to evacuate it. Since then, he has spoken via video link to many countries. On her part, his wife, Olena, was often abroad and also visited the United States.

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