Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is in Washington, DC this week in his first trip outside of the country since Russia’s full-scale invasion began in February. Ukraine continues to push its counteroffensive in the south and withstand brutal battles in Bakhmut, which Zelenskyy visited just days before his trip to Washington. Ukraine has shown it will fight for its freedom, even in muddy trenches or without electricity or heat. Zelenskyy takes that message to Washington as he seeks crucial military aid and financial assistance to sustain Ukraine’s struggle for victory and freedom from Moscow.
As Congress votes on a major aid package for Ukraine, how might Zelenskyy’s visit impact the war? What are the key US interests at stake in helping Ukraine fight for its sovereignty and secure victory?
Ambassador John Herbst, senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, moderates a discussion with Stephen Biegun, former US deputy secretary of state, Gen. (Ret.) Philip Breedlove, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Stephen Hadley, chair of the Atlantic Council’s International Advisory Board and former US national security advisor, and Kira Rudik, member of the Parliament of Ukraine, to discuss Zelenskyy’s visit and strengthening US support for Ukraine.
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