Apr 20, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Pelosi to meet Ukrainian prime minister in Washington

Ukraine's Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal during a press conference in Kyiv on March 2020.
Ukraine's Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal during a press conference in Kyiv on March 2020. Photo: STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will meet Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, according to her office.

Why it matters: Shmyhal will be the most senior Ukrainian official to visit the U.S. since the start of Russia's unprovoked invasion and amid its ongoing large-scale military offensive in the eastern Donbas region of the country.

  • Shmyhal has been serving as the prime minister since 2020.

The big picture: Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.) last week were the first U.S. officials to visit Ukraine since the invasion.

  • In response to Russia's Donbas offensive, President Biden announced $800 million in additional military aid to Ukraine last week that included helicopters, artillery systems and armored vehicles.
  • Biden said Tuesday that he intends to send more weapons to Ukraine, and the U.S. is expected to announce another large package within the coming days, according to Reuters.

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