Warsaw, Poland — A U.S. legislature delegation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised the courageousness of the Ukrainian radical successful remarks during a sojourn to Poland connected Sunday, a time aft a astonishment travel to Kyiv to conscionable with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The American legislators assessed Ukraine's needs for the adjacent signifier of the war, with Pelosi vowing that Washington would basal with the state until it defeats Russia.
Pelosi, a California Democrat who is 2nd successful enactment to the presidency aft the vice president, was the astir elder American lawmaker to sojourn Ukraine since Russia's warfare began much than 2 months ago. Her antecedently unannounced sojourn came conscionable days aft Moscow bombed the Ukrainian superior portion the U.N. secretary-general was there.
Pelosi and a half-dozen U.S. lawmakers met for 3 hours precocious Saturday with Zelenskyy and his apical aides to get a first-hand appraisal of the warfare effort to date. Speaking to reporters Sunday successful Poland, the delegation members were unanimous successful praising Ukraine's defenses truthful far, successful coating the conflict of 1 arsenic bully against evil and successful assuring continued semipermanent U.S. military, humanitarian and economical support.
"We were arrogant to convey to him the connection of unity from the Congress of the United States, a connection of appreciation from the American radical for his enactment and admiration for the radical of Ukraine for their courage," Pelosi said.
Their sojourn came 2 days aft President Biden asked Congress for $33 billion to bolster Ukraine's combat against Russia, much than doubly the size of the archetypal $13.6 cardinal assistance measurement that Congress enacted aboriginal past period and present is astir drained. With the warfare dragging into its 3rd month, the measurement was designed to awesome to Russian President Vladimir Putin that U.S. weaponry and different forms of assistance weren't going away.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy meets House Speaker Nancy Pelosi successful Kyiv, Ukraine, connected April 30, 2022. Ukrainian Presidency/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
"This is simply a clip we basal up for ideology oregon we let autocracy to regularisation the day," said Rep. Gregory Meeks, a Democrat from New York.
"This is simply a conflict of state against tyranny," said Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California. "And successful that struggle, Ukraine is connected the beforehand lines."
Democratic Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado, a seasoned and a subordinate of the House quality and equipped services committee, said helium came to Ukraine with 3 areas of focus: "Weapons, weapons and weapons."
"We person to marque definite the Ukrainians person what they request to win. What we person seen successful the past 2 months is their ferocity, their aggravated pride, their quality to combat and their quality to triumph if they person the enactment to bash so."
"The United States of America is successful this to win, and we volition basal with Ukraine until triumph is won," helium added.
The afloat legislature delegation included Meeks, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee; Jim McGovern of Massachusetts who chairs the House Rules Committee; Crow; Barbara Lee of California; and Bill Keating of Massachusetts.
"You each are welcome," Zelenskyy told the delegation, according to a video of the brushwood released by his office.
Pelosi told Zelenskyy: "We judge that we are visiting you to accidental convey you for your combat for freedom."
"We are connected a frontier of state and your combat is simply a combat for everyone. Our committedness is to beryllium determination for you until the combat is done," Pelosi added.
The delegation continued its travel successful southeast Poland, and members were aboriginal visiting the capital, Warsaw, to conscionable with President Andrzej Duda and different elder officials. Poland has received much than 3 cardinal refugees from Ukraine since Russia launched its warfare connected February 24.
"We look guardant to thanking our Polish allies for their dedication and humanitarian efforts," Pelosi said.
Speaking astatine a quality league successful Poland, Pelosi said she and others successful the delegation applauded the courageousness of the Ukrainian people. She added that the delegation brought Zelenskyy "a connection of appreciation from the American radical for his leadership."
McGovern said Russia's warfare had repercussions acold beyond Ukraine, saying it was exacerbating a food crisis that would beryllium disastrous for mediocre radical crossed the globe.
"Putin's brutal warfare is nary longer lone a warfare against the radical of Ukraine," McGovern said. "It's besides a warfare against the world's astir vulnerable."
He added that Ukraine is simply a "breadbasket of the world."
"I don't deliberation that Putin cares if helium starves the world," McGovern said.