House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other leading members of the U.S. Congress met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv and pledged to support his country “until the fight is done.”
Pelosi and Zelenskyy both released footage on Sunday morning of the visit, which had not been previously announced. A statement from Pelosi’s office said the visit was the first to Ukraine by an official Congressional delegation since Russia’s invasion and the U.S. lawmakers would now continue their travels in Poland.
Zelenskyy tweeted a video showing the American delegation being greeted by him and other Ukrainian officials outdoors before heading into a meeting room.
“We believe that we are visiting you to say thank you for your fight for freedom. We are on a frontier of freedom and your fight is a fight for everyone. Our commitment is to be there for you until the fight is done,” Pelosi said in the video.
The visit came a week after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin traveled to Kyiv. The pair pledged more military aid for Ukraine.
In her statement, Pelosi said Zelenskyy conveyed the need for security, economic and humanitarian assistance to “address the devastating human toll taken on the Ukrainian people by [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s diabolic invasion.”
“Our delegation proudly delivered the message that additional American support is on the way,” Pelosi said. Last week, the Biden administration asked Congress to pass a $33 billion aid package for Ukraine, including more than $20 billion in new military and security assistance.
“You have to know that we will win, and we will win together,” Zelenskyy said in a video tweeted by Pelosi.
The delegation included other U.S. lawmakers such as House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.
Pelosi’s office said the delegation would meet in Poland with President Andrzej Duda, with the view to “thanking our Polish allies for their dedication and humanitarian effort.”