Pelosi takes secret trip to Ukraine, meets with Zelensky

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made an unannounced visit with a congressional delegation to Ukraine on Saturday, meeting with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky and viewing damage caused by Russian troops there.

Pelosi’s office announced the visit in a press conference on Sunday after she left Ukraine; she and the delegation traveled through Poland after leaving the war-torn country.

Others in the delegation include Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Bill Keating (D-MA), and Jason Crow (D-CO).

America stands firmly with Ukraine

“Our delegation traveled to Kyiv to send an unmistakable and resounding message to the entire world: America stands firmly with Ukraine,” Pelosi said. “Our meeting with President Zelenskyy began with him thanking the United States for the substantial assistance that we have provided.”

Pelosi said that Zelensky asked for continued and increased support and called it necessary to the war effort, and she relayed that the U.S. was happy to make the commitment of additional support.

She further said they would thank “our Polish allies for their dedication and humanitarian efforts,” as well as U.S. service members stationed in the region.

“When we return to the United States, we will do so further informed, deeply inspired and ready to do what is needed to help the Ukrainian people as they defend democracy for their nation and for the world,” she said.

Award given

When Zelensky met with Pelosi, he awarded her “the Order of Princess Olga” for her “significant personal contribution” to strengthening Ukrainian and American ties, according to CNN.

Olga was a medieval princess, the first woman to rule Kievan Rus during that time. The award is generally given to women who have had great success in politics and indicates Ukrainian female strength.

During the delegation’s three hours on the ground in Ukraine, Zelensky also gave Pelosi a Ukrainian flag that he and female members of the government had signed.

War continues

Heavy fighting continues in eastern Ukraine, and more than 5.5 million refugees have fled the country so far.

The UN is now supervising evacuations from Mariupol, one of the hardest-hit cities outside Kyiv.

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