A Visit from the Arsenal of Democracy: High Ranking American Politicians Travel to Ukraine

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Max Schwartzman

Seventy days after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Ukrainian people carry on fighting against the totalitarian war machine that is Putin’s Russia. As the world has watched the horrors unfold in the “breadbasket of Europe,” Western leaders and diplomats are meeting with Ukrainian leaders to assist them in their wartime endeavors. 

On April 25 and May 2 respectively, the American Secretary of State and Speaker of the House met with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy in Kyiv. While many other Western nations have sent high ranking politicians to Ukraine, none can even compare to the economic and military might encompassed by the United States. 

Following the buildup of military force on the Ukrainian border and then invasion in February, the United States and other Western nations, have come out in sharp criticism of the Russian government and President Putin’s “Special Military Operation” in Ukraine. With the conflict entering its tenth week, the people and governments of the world have come together to protest for and stand with Ukraine and its people as they fend off the Russian invaders, being fairly successful in that regard. 

In late April, American Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Defense Secretary Llyod Austin III visited Ukraine and met with President Zelenskyy to discuss the conflict and American interests. “We continue to work to support Ukraine with the assistance that it needs – military, economic, humanitarian,” Secretary Blinken announced. “We continue in coordination with allies and partners as well to exert significant pressure on Russia to end the aggression, and of course, we continue to take steps to shore up the defense of our NATO Alliance.” 

The State Department did not respond to requests for comment by The Bobcat Prowl. 

Following his visit to Kyiv, Secretary Blinken told reporters from Reuters in Poland that “In terms of Russia’s war aims, Russia has already failed and Ukraine has already succeeded.” 

The trip taken by Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin also gave an opportunity for the United States to reintroduce diplomats and staff to its embassy as well as introduce more than $710 million dollars to support the Ukrainian war effort. 

Amid reports of genocide and gross human rights violations in and around the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, the United Nations sent Secretary-General António Guterres to view the destruction. “I fully support the International Criminal Court and I appeal to the Russian Federation to accept to cooperate with the International Criminal Court,” Secretary-General Guterres announced in condemnation of Russia’s actions. 

Early in May, America sent Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to Kyiv, becoming the highest ranking American to visit the nation since the invasion. Following her meeting with President Zelenskyy, Pelosi told reporters from NPR that “Our discussion centered around the subjects at hand, as you would suspect: security, humanitarian assistance, economic assistance and eventually rebuilding when victory is won.”

The Office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi denied requests for comment by The Bobcat Prowl. 

During an unannounced visit on Mother’s Day, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden traveled to Kyiv. “I wanted to come on Mother’s Day,” the U.S. first lady told the Ukrainian First Lady, Olena Zelenska, according to AP News. “I thought it was important to show the Ukrainian people that this war has to stop and this war has been brutal and that the people of the United States stand with the people of Ukraine.”

Despite the trips by other high ranking American and international officials, including his wife, President Biden has not indicated any plans to visit Ukraine. 

The White House did not respond to requests for comment by The Bobcat Prowl. 

As the Ukrainian conflict continues and intensifies, there is a lot of uncertainty, though as the Ukrainian people struggle for their freedom, the wider Western world is attempting to assist.