Kyiv: U.S.A President Joe Biden made an unannounced visit to Ukraine on Monday, a major show of support ahead of the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion which has seen Moscow launch a massive assault across frontlines in the east.
Air raid sirens sounded in the Ukrainian capital as Biden visited Kyiv, but there were no reports of Russian missiles or airstrikes.
President Volodymyr Zelenksiy said he and Biden discussed long-range weapons during the visit. The White House said Biden would announce more sanctions on Russia and military support for Ukraine.
Biden arrived in Ukraine’s capital a day before President Vladimir Putin was to deliver a major speech expected to set out Russia’s goals for the second year of the invasion launched on February 24 last year.
The Russians have so far made only small gains in attacks in frozen trenches up and down the Eastern Front in recent weeks. Kyiv and the West see it as a push to power a year after Putin launched Europe’s biggest war since World War Two.