Ukraine's first lady meets with Blinken ahead of U.S. Congress address
Ukraine's first lady, Olena Zelenska, met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday as part of her trip to the U.S. this week, during which she will address members of Congress at the Capitol.
- The U.S. has sent billions of dollars in security assistance since the invasion began on Feb. 24. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov told the Wall Street Journal this month his country's military was "waiting for more armor, more weaponry from our partners."
What they're saying: State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement that Blinken emphasized during his meeting with Zelenska the U.S. "commitment to support Ukraine's victory."
- "He reiterated that the United States will continue to provide assistance to help Ukraine respond to the significant economic and humanitarian challenges it faces, including supporting the first lady’s mental health initiative for citizens affected by the war," Price said.
- "The secretary reiterated that the United States remains dedicated to helping the people of Ukraine recover and rebuild from the devastation inflicted on them by [Russian] President Putin's unjust war," he added.
What to watch: As well as speaking to lawmakers in the congressional auditorium at the U.S Capitol on Wednesday, Zelenska is scheduled to have her second in-person meeting with first lady Jill Biden, after she visited her Ukrainian counterpart during her trip to Eastern Europe this year.