Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska Is in Washington for High-Level Meetings

From a Wall Street Journal story by Toula Vlahou hesdlined “Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska in Washington for  High-Level Meetings”:

Ukraine’s first lady Olena Zelenska opened a round of high-level meetings Monday in Washington that includes a planned address to Congress later in the week.

Ms. Zelenska met Monday with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and is due to hold talks with first lady Jill Biden on Tuesday. Ms. Zelenska is scheduled to deliver remarks to lawmakers on Wednesday at 11 a.m., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

Dr. Biden met with Ms. Zelenska in May when the U.S. first lady made an unannounced visit to Ukraine.

“Met today with Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska to discuss the immense humanitarian costs of President [Vladimir] Putin’s war,” Mr. Blinken said on Twitter. “The United States remains committed to helping the people of Ukraine defend themselves from Russia, secure justice, and rebuild their country.”

Even though Ms. Zelenska doesn’t have an official portfolio in the Ukrainian government, her visit signals the heightened push by Kyiv to seek more military aid and political backing as Russia’s war in Ukraine nears the five-month mark.

Her husband, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, addressed Congress virtually in March, pressing for more military gear.

His wife is in Washington as the U.S. is sending nearly $40 billion in aid appropriated by Congress that is expected to be fully delivered by the end of September.

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