Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is finally getting his White House visit

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is finally getting his White House visit
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is finally getting his White House visit
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is, finally, getting a visit to the White House. The foreign leader whose conversation with former President Trump sparked the ex-president’s first impeachment inquiry will meet with President Biden at the White House on August 30.

“President Biden looks forward to welcoming President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to the White House on August 30, 2021,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. “The visit will affirm the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in the Donbas and Crimea, our close cooperation on energy security, and our backing for President Zelensky’s efforts to tackle corruption and implement a reform agenda based on our shared democratic values.”

Mr. Biden, who has spoken with Zelensky since becoming president, has asserted the United States’ “unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression.” A conflict between Russian-backed separatists and Ukraine’s army has been ongoing since 2014.

CBS News correspondent Holly Williams joined up with the Ukrainian military and Zelensky last month in eastern Ukraine, where the war has cost more than 13,000 lives. Zelensky warned of Russia’s aggression. Asked why Americans far away should care about what’s happening in Ukraine, Zelensky warned that his country’s conflict with Russia, “can be tomorrow in their houses.”

The meeting with Zelensky comes after Mr. Biden held a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month in Ukraine. Then, Mr. Biden told reporters that Putin “knows I will take action” in working to stop Russia from engaging in malign activities like interfering in U.S. elections, engaging in hacking attacks, like those targeting  SolarWinds and ransomware attacks on U.S. companies.

You can read the rest of Kathryn Watson’s article at CBSnews.com

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