Pictures: Zelensky storms US White House for talks with Biden in first visit since Russia invasion

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived Wednesday at the White House for talks with President Joe Biden as the wartime leader paid his first visit overseas since Russia’s invasion.

US President Joe Biden and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky meet in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, DC on December 21, 2022. – Zelensky is in Washington to meet with US President Joe Biden and address Congress — his first trip abroad since Russia invaded in February. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Zelensky, wearing brown military fatigues rather than a suit, was driven to the White House where Biden, joined by his wife Jill, put his arm around his shoulder before escorting him past doors where guards held the US and Ukrainian flags.

Biden vowed to step up support for Ukraine and hailed their resistance to Russian invaders as he welcomed President Zelensky to the White House.

“We’re going to continue to strengthen Ukraine’s ability to defend itself, particularly air defense,” Biden told Zelensky, who thanked the US leader “for your big support.”


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