US President Joe Biden has arrived in Kyiv. Earlier, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry announced the arrival of “one of its main partners” on the anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity (the conclusion of the Euromaidan on February 22, 2014).
The Ukrainian media are releasing footage of Biden's meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky in front of St. Michael's Cathedral. During the meeting, an air-raid alarm sounded in the city.
On the morning of 20 February, Kyiv blocked its streets in the city center and near the US Embassy, as well as roads connecting the embassy and the central railway station.
Later, a photo with Biden appeared on Zelensky's Telegram channel with the following caption: “Joseph Biden, welcome to Kyiv! Your visit is an extremely important sign of support for all Ukrainians.”
Meanwhile, the White House has released the President's official statement:
As the world prepares to mark the one-year anniversary of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, I am in Kyiv today to meet with President Zelenskyy and reaffirm our unwavering and unflagging commitment to Ukraine’s democracy, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.
When Putin launched his invasion nearly one year ago, he thought Ukraine was weak and the West was divided. He thought he could outlast us. But he was dead wrong.
Today, in Kyiv, I am meeting with President Zelenskyy and his team for an extended discussion on our support for Ukraine. I will announce another delivery of critical equipment, including artillery ammunition, anti-armor systems, and air surveillance radars to help protect the Ukrainian people from aerial bombardments. And I will share that later this week, we will announce additional sanctions against elites and companies that are trying to evade or backfill Russia’s war machine. Over the last year, the United States has built a coalition of nations from the Atlantic to the Pacific to help defend Ukraine with unprecedented military, economic, and humanitarian support – and that support will endure.
I also look forward to traveling on to Poland to meet President Duda and the leaders of our Eastern Flank Allies, as well as deliver remarks on how the United States will continue to rally the world to support the people of Ukraine and the core values of human rights and dignity in the UN Charter that unite us worldwide.