Kiev (EFE) – US President Joe Biden announced this Monday during his visit to Kiev 500 million dollars in additional aid to Ukraine and announced that this week he will announce more sanctions against Russia.
Biden made that announcement in a statement with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodimir Zelensky, on the occasion of an unannounced trip to kyiv, his first since the start of the Russian invasion.
This meeting comes after Zelensky met with Biden on December 21 in another historic visit to Washington, as it was the Ukrainian president’s first trip abroad since the war began.
Ukrainian media showed pictures of the two leaders walking near St. Michael’s Cathedral in central Kiev and heading towards a memorial wall honoring Ukrainian soldiers who fell in the war against Russia.
Biden is visiting kyiv as it marks the anniversary of the culmination of the EuroMaidan Revolution, a series of anti-government protests between 2013 and 2014 that toppled pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych.
Over a hundred protesters were killed during those protests, many of them in a single day, on February 20, 2014, and are known in Ukraine as the Heavenly Hundred.
Biden’s arrival takes place after the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, canceled today’s planned visit to Brussels to meet with his colleagues from the European Union (EU) where new aid to Ukraine will be discussed.