UKRAINE: Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine, is in the US for some important engagements and to address Congress. Her visit comes four months after her husband, President Volodymyr Zelensky, pleaded for additional military equipment in a virtual speech to Congress.
According to the White House, Zelenska spoke with Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday and will talk with Jill Biden on Tuesday. On Wednesday, she is scheduled to address legislators on Capitol Hill.
In the Ukrainian government, Zelenska holds no official positions.
But after over five months of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Kyiv is eager to enlist the US’s additional military assistance and political support.
Nearly $40 billion (£33 billion) in aid to Ukraine has already been approved by Congress and is scheduled to be given in full by the end of September. Samantha Power, the US Agency for International Development director, also met with Zelenska on Monday.
In the meantime, President Putin of Ukraine will speak with Turkish authorities in Tehran on Ukrainian grain exports.
The organisation has donated many millions of dollars to assist the government of Ukraine and meet its humanitarian needs, as well as to address a global food crisis made worse by Russia’s war.
Officials of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) have asserted that Ukrainians detonated the Mariupol theatre from within, causing the bombing early in the war and that 14 people died instead of the hundreds stated by Kyiv.
The bombing in March was regarded as the bloodiest single incident since Moscow began its invasion of Ukraine, and video footage appeared to show citizens who had taken refuge in the theatre’s basement fleeing following the explosion.