The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, met with Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services Jack Reed, and a member of this Committee, Senator Angus King, who are visiting Kyiv.
The head of state highly appreciated the support of Ukraine from the US people, the US President and Congress.
"First of all, thank you for helping our troops. We really feel it. The United States is leading the way in this extremely important issue. This brings our victory closer," Zelenskyy said.
The President of Ukraine particularly noted the results of his December visit to Washington, during which the powerful bicameral and bipartisan support of our country in Congress was demonstrated.
"Thank you very much for the invitation to visit the United States and for the results of this visit. I have seen the attitude of the Americans who are really supporting us. People were on the streets and expressed their support for Ukraine, defending its freedom in the bloody war," the Head of State said.
Zelenskyy highly praised the approval of the $45 billion aid package for Ukraine by Congress at the end of last year.
"It is important that you provide us not only with financial support but also help Ukraine overcome other serious challenges, such as restoring our energy system," the President said.
During the meeting, he told the senators about the current situation on the front lines and the risks of a possible escalation. Zelenskyy said that he objectively assesses the Russian proposal for a "ceasefire" as a manipulation by which the aggressor tries to hide its true military plans and intentions.
The head of state briefed Reed and King on the major needs of Ukraine in weapons and military equipment. He emphasized the need to further increase defense assistance, which will contribute to the approaching victory over the Russian aggressor.
Given Russia's ongoing missile terror against Ukrainian cities and energy infrastructure, the President separately addressed the issue of the importance of strengthening Ukrainian missile defense.
Zelenskyy highly appreciated the transfer of the Bradley fighting vehicles to our country announced by the White House and the agreements reached with Germany on supplying one more Patriot air defense system.
Separately, the Head of State emphasized the importance of Ukraine's political support in the implementation of the Peace Formula and expressed hope for the leadership of the United States in this process.