Democrat President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Ukraine on Monday morning.
Biden arrived in Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv just ahead of the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of the country.
After arriving in the European nation, Biden met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The trip marks the first time Biden has traveled to Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion one year ago.
Biden was expected to visit Poland on Monday to mark the one-year anniversary of the war’s beginning.
Sirens could be heard in Ukraine as Biden arrived in the war-torn country.
The U.S. has already supported Ukraine with military equipment and billions of dollars in taxpayer money.
Biden embarked on a nearly 10-hour train ride from the Polish border to visit Ukraine’s capital.
He said he visited Ukraine to meet with Zelensky and “reaffirm our unwavering and unflagging commitment to Ukraine’s democracy, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.”
He noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “dead wrong” in believing Ukraine was weak he launched his invasion a year ago.
“I am meeting with President Zelensky and his team for an extended discussion on our support for Ukraine,” Biden said.
“I will announce another delivery of critical equipment, including artillery ammunition, anti-armor systems, and air surveillance radars to help protect the Ukrainian people from aerial bombardments.
“And I will share that later this week, we will announce additional sanctions against elites and companies that are trying to evade or backfill Russia’s war machine.”
“Over the last year, the United States has built a coalition of nations from the Atlantic to the Pacific to help defend Ukraine with unprecedented military, economic, and humanitarian support – and that support will endure,” he continued.
Several U.S. lawmakers have said supporting Ukraine should be a top priority.
However, some have criticized the decision to continue giving financial aid without proper oversight.
Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has said Ukraine should not receive a “blank check.”
Nevertheless, the Biden administration has vowed to support Zelensky’s regime for “as long as it takes.”