Volodymyr Zelensky (centre right) and Nancy Pelosi shake hands during their meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine. AP
Pelosi, a California Democrat and second in line to the presidency after the vice president, is the highest-ranking American leader to visit Ukraine since the start of the war, and her visit marks a major show of continuing support for the country's struggle against Russia.
"Our delegation travelled to Kyiv to send an unmistakable and resounding message to the entire world: America stands firmly with Ukraine,” Pelosi said in a statement released Sunday.
Footage released by President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office showed Pelosi and other US legislators in Kyiv.
Volodymyr Zelensky (3rd from right) and Nancy Pelosi (3rd from left) during their meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine. AP
"You all are welcome,” Zelensky told the delegation.
Pelosi told Zelensky: "We believe that we are visiting you to say thank you for your fight for freedom."
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (right) honours US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in Kyiv. AP
"We are on a frontier of freedom and your fight is a fight for everyone. Our commitment is to be there for you until the fight is done,” Pelosi added.
The visit wasn't previously announced.
Pelosi said the delegation would continue its trip in southeast Poland and the capital, Warsaw, to meet with President Andrzej Duda and other senior officials. Poland has received more than 3 million refugees from Ukraine since Russia launched its war on Feb. 24.
"We look forward to thanking our Polish allies for their dedication and humanitarian efforts,” she said.
The US package would include High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers used in Ukraine's successful counter-offensive where it has recently forced Russian troops into retreat.
Zelensky said when he went to address the British Parliament, "the scariest figure was the 50 Ukrainian children killed in 13 days of war. But then in an hour it became 52 children. I will never forgive this. And I know that you will never forgive the occupiers.”
Several European leaders have made efforts to show solidarity with the battle-scarred nation. Zelensky thanked the leaders of Britain and Austria for their visits Saturday to Kyiv, Ukraine's capital, and pledges of further support.
The fire broke out in the early hours of Sunday in Teatre nightclub in Atalayas, on the outskirts of the city, emergency services said on social media platform X.
An Azerbaijani presidency spokesman told AFP that a "UN mission arrived in Karabakh on Sunday morning" — mainly to assess humanitarian needs, the first time in around 30 years that the international body has gained access to the region.
Turkey’s interior affairs minister said a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device near his ministry on Sunday, while a second assailant was killed in a shootout with police.
In a statement on the occasion of the magazine’s 50th anniversary, which falls on 1st October, 2023, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed said the publication of the first issue of Al Jundi magazine in 1973 marked "the birth of a reliable source of military media content.”