Ukraine’s President On His Way To U.S.
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
KYIV/WASHINGTON (Worthy News) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was on his way to Washington on Wednesday for a summit with President Joe Biden.
He was to address the U.S. Congress in his first known trip outside Ukraine since Russia’s invasion on February 24.
Zelensky stated on the social media platform Twitter that the visit was “to strengthen resilience and defense capabilities” of Ukraine and discuss cooperation between his country and the U.S. with Biden.
It comes as the war, Europe’s most significant armed conflict since World War Two, has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions.
While Zelensky was traveling to the United States, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was not to blame for the war in Ukraine, adding that both countries are “sharing a tragedy.”
In televised remarks with senior military officials, the Russian leader said he continued to see Ukraine as a “brotherly nation.”
He claimed the conflict was “the result of the policy of third countries,” referring to the U.S.-led NATO military alliance and not down to Russian policy.
Putin said the West had “brainwashed” post-Soviet republics, starting with Ukraine. “For years, we tried to build good-neighborly relations with Ukraine, offering loans and cheap energy, but it did not work,” he said.
“There’s nothing to accuse us of. We’ve always seen Ukrainians as a brotherly people, and I still think so. What’s happening now is a tragedy, but it’s not our fault,” Putin added.
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