Russia-Ukraine war live: Kyiv secures $325m in new US military aid; Zelenskiy to visit Canada and address parliament

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Volodymyr Zelenskiy secures $325m in new US aid

The support of the US was vital to Ukraine: “if we don’t get the aid, we will lose the war,” Zelenskiy was reported as saying.

The AP reports:

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy worked to shore up US support for Ukraine on a whirlwind visit to Washington on Thursday, delivering an upbeat message on the war’s progress while facing new questions about the flow of US dollars that for 19 months have helped keep his troops in the fight against Russian forces.

The Ukrainian leader received a far quieter reception than the hero’s welcome he was given last year from Congress, but also won generally favourable comments on the next round of US aid he says he needs to stave off defeat.

Updated at 06.10 BST

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The AP reports:

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Hello and welcome to our continuing coverage of the war in Ukraine. Day 577.

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The announcement of a new $325m US military aid package for Ukraine comes as officials in a town west of Donetsk near Ukraine’s eastern front says that 13 people were, including one pulled out from under rubble, in Russian strikes on Thursday evening.

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First here’s the other main headlines from Ukraine on Friday:

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  • Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, visited the US Capitol, Pentagon and the White House on Thursday. Zelenskiy’s visit to Washington was a much tougher one than the hero’s welcome he was given nine months ago, as some hardline Republicans are threatening to block US President Joe Biden’s request for a fresh $24bn aid package for Ukraine.

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  • Zelenskiy told senators that military aid was crucial to Ukraine’s war effort, majority leader Chuck Schumer said after a briefing which took place behind closed doors. “If we don’t get the aid, we will lose the war,” Schumer quoted Zelenskiy as saying.

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  • Biden assured Zelenskiy that strong US support for his war to repel Russian invaders would be maintained despite the Republican opposition. “Together with our partners and allies, the American people are determined to see to it to that [we do] all we can to ensure that the world stands with you,” Biden told him.

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  • A new US military aid package for Ukraine worth $325m will include air defence systems and the second tranche of cluster munitions fired by a 155mm Howitzer cannon, Reuters reported, citing a US official.

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🇺🇦🔱 President Zelensky and the first lady of Ukraine, arrived in Canada pic.twitter.com/tvUg0bx5jW

&mdash; Tracey SBU Fella 🇬🇧🇺🇦 #NAFO (@trajaykay) September 22, 2023

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Zelenskiy has headed north. Reuters reports…

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is visiting Canada, to meet with prime minister Justin Trudeau and address the Canadian parliament in Ottawa, Trudeau’s office said in a statement late on Thursday, after Zelenskiy’s US visit wrapped up.

“The prime minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, will visit Canada, from September 21 to 22, 2023,” Trudeau’s office said.

Zelenskiy was in Washington on Thursday where he met US lawmakers and president Joe Biden, a day after addressing the U.N. Security Council in-person for the first time since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

While in Canada, Zelenskiy will also visit Toronto to meet with Canadian business leaders to strengthen private-sector investment in Ukraine’s future, the Canadian prime minister’s office said.

“Canada remains unwavering in our support to the people of Ukraine as they fight for their sovereignty and their democracy, as well as our shared values like respect for the rule of law, freedom, and self-determination,” Trudeau said in a statement.

“I look forward to welcoming president Zelenskiy to Canada,” the Canadian prime minister said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, greets Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as his wife Olena Zelenska looks on as they arrive at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport in Ottawa
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, greets Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as his wife Olena Zelenska looks on as they arrive at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport in Ottawa Photograph: Justin Tang/AP

In June, Trudeau made an unannounced trip to war-torn Kyiv, where he paid his respects at a memorial to Ukrainian soldiers killed fighting pro-Russian forces since 2014, met Zelenskiy and addressed Ukraine’s parliament.

NATO member Canada, which has one of the world’s largest Ukrainian diasporas, has supplied military and financial assistance to Kyiv since Russia invaded in February 2022. It has also joined other Western allies in imposing sanctions on Russia over the invasion of Ukraine.

“Since the start of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, Canada has welcomed more than 175,000 Ukrainians,” Trudeau’s office said on Thursday.

Zelenskiy’s US and Canada visits come as Ukraine’s summer counteroffensive has hit stubborn Russian defenses, and colder, wetter weather will soon make many rural roads impassable for heavy vehicles.

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This was a very important visit to Washington, D.C.

New military aid package. Long-term agreement on joint defense production. This historic step will create new industrial base and jobs for both of our nations.

My day began on Capitol Hill with candid and extensive… pic.twitter.com/Ro24E6k86D

&mdash; Volodymyr Zelenskyy / Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) September 22, 2023

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This was a very important visit to Washington, D.C.

New military aid package. Long-term agreement on joint defense production. This historic step will create new industrial base and jobs for both of our nations.

My day began on Capitol Hill with candid and extensive… pic.twitter.com/Ro24E6k86D

— Volodymyr Zelenskyy / Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) September 22, 2023

Biden promised to support Ukraine “for as long as it takes”, making the argument (aimed at reluctant Republicans in Congress) that it is not only Ukrainian interests served by a defeat of Russia.

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The United States' commitment to Ukraine will not weaken.

Putin may still wrongly believe that he can outlast Ukraine.
Putin may doubt our staying power.

He’s wrong.

We will stand for liberty and freedom today, tomorrow, and for as long as it takes. pic.twitter.com/k1m1BgggvT

&mdash; President Biden (@POTUS) September 22, 2023

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The United States’ commitment to Ukraine will not weaken.

Putin may still wrongly believe that he can outlast Ukraine.
Putin may doubt our staying power.

He’s wrong.

We will stand for liberty and freedom today, tomorrow, and for as long as it takes. pic.twitter.com/k1m1BgggvT

— President Biden (@POTUS) September 22, 2023

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The United States will continue to stand with the brave people of Ukraine.

It's not just an investment in Ukraine’s future.

But in a future where the entire world respects the principles of independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.

&mdash; President Biden (@POTUS) September 21, 2023

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The United States will continue to stand with the brave people of Ukraine.

It’s not just an investment in Ukraine’s future.

But in a future where the entire world respects the principles of independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.

— President Biden (@POTUS) September 21, 2023

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Glad to have you back, Mr. President and Mrs. Zelenska. pic.twitter.com/TaRaLkiL8w

&mdash; President Biden (@POTUS) September 21, 2023

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Two nations. One clear, firm, and unwavering message: We stand together.

Дві країни. Один чіткий, твердий і непохитний сигнал: ми разом. pic.twitter.com/d5VGFt8nJk

&mdash; President Biden (@POTUS) September 21, 2023

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Two nations. One clear, firm, and unwavering message: We stand together.

Дві країни. Один чіткий, твердий і непохитний сигнал: ми разом. pic.twitter.com/d5VGFt8nJk

— President Biden (@POTUS) September 21, 2023

Volodymyr Zelenskiy secures $325m in new US aid

The support of the US was vital to Ukraine: “if we don’t get the aid, we will lose the war,” Zelenskiy was reported as saying.

The AP reports:

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy worked to shore up US support for Ukraine on a whirlwind visit to Washington on Thursday, delivering an upbeat message on the war’s progress while facing new questions about the flow of US dollars that for 19 months have helped keep his troops in the fight against Russian forces.

The Ukrainian leader received a far quieter reception than the hero’s welcome he was given last year from Congress, but also won generally favourable comments on the next round of US aid he says he needs to stave off defeat.

Updated at 06.10 BST

Welcome and Summary

Hello and welcome to our continuing coverage of the war in Ukraine. Day 577.

The announcement of a new $325m US military aid package for Ukraine comes as officials in a town west of Donetsk near Ukraine’s eastern front says that 13 people were, including one pulled out from under rubble, in Russian strikes on Thursday evening.

First here’s the other main headlines from Ukraine on Friday:

  • Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, visited the US Capitol, Pentagon and the White House on Thursday. Zelenskiy’s visit to Washington was a much tougher one than the hero’s welcome he was given nine months ago, as some hardline Republicans are threatening to block US President Joe Biden’s request for a fresh $24bn aid package for Ukraine.

  • Zelenskiy told senators that military aid was crucial to Ukraine’s war effort, majority leader Chuck Schumer said after a briefing which took place behind closed doors. “If we don’t get the aid, we will lose the war,” Schumer quoted Zelenskiy as saying.

  • Biden assured Zelenskiy that strong US support for his war to repel Russian invaders would be maintained despite the Republican opposition. “Together with our partners and allies, the American people are determined to see to it to that [we do] all we can to ensure that the world stands with you,” Biden told him.

  • A new US military aid package for Ukraine worth $325m will include air defence systems and the second tranche of cluster munitions fired by a 155mm Howitzer cannon, Reuters reported, citing a US official.

The Guardian