What you need to know about Pelosi’s secret trip to Kyiv

What you need to know about Pelosi’s secret trip to Kyiv
President Volodymyr SELENSKYJ (ZELENSKYY) receives Nancy Pelosi (chairman of the US House of Representatives) on April 30, 2022. Meeting of the President of Ukraine with the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Photo by: The Presidential Office of Ukrai/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

A week after the US Secretaries of Defense and State made a trip to Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a congressional delegation to the city to remind the world of the US commitment to Ukraine.

The trip was kept secret until the delegation was back in Poland, where they held a press conference, saying that the US intends to stick by Ukraine’s side until Russia is defeated in the war. With this trip, Pelosi became the highest-ranking US government official to visit Ukraine, and she said at the press conference she would support more aid.

Key comments:

“America stands with Ukraine until victory is won,” said Pelosi at the press conference in Poland. “Do not be bullied by bullies,” she added, saying that meeting with Zelenskiy was “a remarkable master class of leadership.”

“Nothing is going to decrease,” said Gregory W. Meeks, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, talking about global sanctions on Russia. “Everything is going to increase.”