Ties between the two nations deteriorated during the 2014 Ukrainian revolution, which was accompanied by Russia's invasion of Crimea from Ukraine and the Donbas war, wherein Russia supported separatist rebels from the Donetsk People's Republic as well as the Luhansk People's Republic.
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Russia increased its military presence along the borders with Ukraine as well as Belarus, a neighbouring country in 2021. Three days later, the Russian President said that a "special military operation" had been launched in Ukraine. This signalled the start of a massive invasion. Early in April 2022, Russia abandoned an operation to conquer Kyiv due to fierce resistance.
In mid September, Russia declared it had annexed significant portions of Ukraine, which sparked outrage around the world. The significant territory has recently been retaken by Ukrainian offensive operations in the country. Millions of people have died as a result of the ongoing civil war, which has also caused a significant refugee crisis.
United States: a pillar protecting Ukraine
One of the biggest military aid donors to Ukraine has been the US, which has already given $20 billion in security assistance as part of an estimated $50 billion in total aid. In order to aid Ukraine in maintaining its territorial integrity, securing its frontiers, and enhancing cooperation with NATO, the United States has given around $22.1 billion in military aid since 2014.
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Zelensky, who visited Ukrainian troops on Tuesday, characterised the war-torn city of Bakhmut as a frontline "fortress" as he observed Russian and Ukrainian forces engaging in a fierce battle there.
"You're safeguarding the entirety of Ukraine here in the Donbas. Because they do not want anything Ukrainian to exist, they will continue to act in the same way they have in other communities across our nation". Zelensky spoke to his men in Bakhmut.
He gave honours to Ukrainian service members and remarked, "Here is not just Bakhmut, this is the stronghold Bakhmut."
Before the end of 2022, the funds will be distributed to the Ukrainian government in two instalments. By receiving these monies from the United States via the World Bank, the Ukrainian government is able to endure the tremendous economic, sociocultural, and political constraints brought on by Russia's aggressiveness in the country.
The most anticipated meeting with the Superpower
According to certain reliable sources, the two leaders will meet at the White House, and it is anticipated that the major topic of discussion will be providing military support to Kiev.
The specifics of the meetings have not been made public due to security concerns, but rumours suggest that they will be in an attempt to present a new defence support package that will include Patriot missile defence systems. Later on in the day, Zelensky might address Congress, according to reports.
It is significant because Zelensky would be travelling overseas for the very first time since the Russian operation started in this year.
He simply made a virtual appearance at the summit to advocate for increased military spending. White House representatives haven't spoken anything about the planned meeting up to this point.
Presence of Lawmakers at the meet
Even the House Speaker of the United States of America has reportedly asked all lawmakers to show up for the session on Wednesday evening.
In a message to her fellow lawmakers on Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stated, "We are completing a very special session of the 117th Congress with legislation that both makes strides for the American people as well as supports our Constitution." "Please join us Wednesday night for a very special emphasis on democracy."