Ukraine, Joe Biden surprise visits Kiev: 'Putin thought he was going to win, he was wrong'

The American president met Volodymyr Zelensky a year after the Russian invasion. Imposing security measures in the capital. Full support for the attacked country and the announcement of a new aid package. The Ukrainian leader: 'We also talked about long-range weapons'

 biden-zelensky-kyiv-february-20-23 The meeting between Joe Biden and Volodymir Zelensky in Kiev Video

Joe Biden unexpectedly arrived in Kiev and met with Volodymyr Zelensky. The visit on the anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine had been announced for next week to coincide with the US president's trip to Poland, although US intelligence had rejected the mission, deeming it too risky in case of Russian attacks on the Ukrainian capital. – laws | video

Volodymyr Zelensky, the interview: 'We risk the Third World War' Volodymyr Zelensky, the interview: 'We risk the Third World War'

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TOGETHER IN THE MAIN SQUARE – Biden's will evidently prevailed and the president, protected by imposing security measures, crossed the city with a procession of about twenty cars, to reach Mykhailivska square and meet Zelensky. The latter posted his welcome message on Telegram. “Joseph Biden, welcome to Kiev! Your visit is an extremely important manifestation of support for all Ukrainians' wrote the Ukrainian leader, accompanying the post with a photo in which he shakes hands with the guest with the flags of Ukraine and the USA behind him. “ Putin launched his invasion almost a year ago – declared Biden instead -, he thought that Ukraine was weak and that the West was divided. He thought he could get the better of us. But he was very wrong. Kiev resists. And Ukraine resists. Democracy resists.' The US president announced half a billion dollars of additional assistance to Ukraine. The aid package will include new armaments (artillery ammunition, javelins, cannons). Nothing concrete, at the moment, on long-range weapons and warplanes repeatedly requested by Zelensky, even if the latter said that the topic was the subject of the conversation between the two leaders.

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MELONS – In the same hours in which Biden reached Kiev, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni was flying to Warsaw (to then reach the Ukrainian capital in the next few days), while the meeting of EU foreign ministers is scheduled in Brussels. China is also moving: the head of diplomacy Wang Yi is expected in Moscow to discuss the peace proposal drawn up by the Beijing government and announced at the Munich conference.