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President Zelensky Heads to US in a bid to save ¢60bn Military Aid Package

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is heading to the US in an attempt to rescue a threatened US aid package.

In the last week, the military aid package has become embroiled in domestic partisan politics.

This will be President Volodymyr Zelensky’s third visit to the US since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

The Ukrainian President is expected to arrive in Washington on Monday, ahead of holding meetings with US President Joe Biden and Mike Johnson, the Republican House Speaker. President Zelensky will also address the Senate on Tuesday morning.

This comes after a week in which the US military aid package to Ukraine worth £60bn was stalled in Congress. The aid package is facing pushback from Republicans after disagreements around the amount of funding being provided to issues within the US, specifically on more funding going towards security at the US-Mexico border.

The White House released a statement on Sunday stating that the reason for Mr. Zelensky's was to “underscore the United States supporting the people of Ukraine as they defend themselves against Russia’s brutal invasion.”

Despite Ukraine having defended the original Russian invasion, their much-anticipated counter-offensive has slowed down. Winter weather conditions and the signs that military support from supporting countries has started to fatigue are major contributing factors in Ukraine's decelerating military progress.

President Biden last week provided a passionate speech urging lawmakers to approve funding for Ukraine, warning that Russia would not stop if they were victorious over Ukraine.

Crucial week for Ukraine

This week is crucial for Ukraine, as the European Union is set to decide whether or not to open official talks on Ukraine's accession to the bloc.

However, Ukraine could face the possibility of not being able to join the bloc after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban signalled his opposition to the idea. The Hungarian Prime Minister has the ability to block such a decision.

Mr. Zelensky and Mr. Orban were seen having a brief but seemingly intense conversation on Sunday during the inauguration of new Argentine President Javier Milei. The details of their discussion have not been revealed.

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