In his first known journey outside of the nation since Russia’s invasion started in February, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was travelling to Washington on December 21 for a meeting with President Joe Biden and a speech to a joint session of Congress.
After 10 months of a horrific war that has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and injuries on both sides of the conflict as well as the damage to Ukrainian people, the extremely sensitive tour is taking place. It also occurs as the Pentagon gears up to transfer Patriot surface-to-air missiles to the nation for self-defence and as American lawmakers prepare to vote on a year-end spending package that includes roughly $45 billion in emergency assistance to Ukraine.
After making an audacious and hazardous journey on December 20 to the city of Bakhmut in Ukraine’s disputable Donetsk province, which he described as the hotspot on the 1,300-kilometer (800-mile) front line of the conflict, Mr. Zelensky left for Europe. As artillery blasted in the background, Putin hailed the Ukrainian military for their “courage, resilience, and strength.”
This news is written by Ms. Pujari Dharani, All India Legal Forum.