Biden Makes First Call to Zelenskiy

U.S. President Joe Biden made a first phone call to his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Friday, April 2
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U.S. has committed to supporting Ukraine in its effort to pursue reforms in all aspects of state policies
U.S. has committed to supporting Ukraine in its effort to pursue reforms in all aspects of state policies

The U.S. President in his first phone conversation with the Ukrainian leader affirmed support for Ukraine amid increasing Russian military aggression in Ukraine; President Biden referred to the Russian Federation as an “aggressor” and a direct party to conflict in eastern Ukraine

Friday, April 2, 2021 saw the first phone conversation between presidents Joe Biden of the United States and Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine.

President Biden affirmed unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in the Donbas and Crimea,” according to a statement from the White House. Biden essentially called Russia a direct party to eastern Ukraine conflict.

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Biden-Zelensky phone call, Russian aggression, Donbas
The phone conversation followed intelligence from the Main Directorate of Intelligence at Ukraine’s Defense Ministry that Russia’s military had been preparing massive provocations, including a military offensive deep into Ukraine’s territory

Mr Biden also stressed his commitment to revitalizing the two countries’ strategic partnership, and supporting efforts by Zelenskiy to fight corruption and promote democratic reforms based on our two countries’ shared democratic values for the sake of justice, security and wellbeing for the Ukrainian people, the White House said.

Biden-Zelenskiy phone call, Russian aggression, Donbas
The Kremlin has gone over to overt threats and accusing Ukraine of staging provocations in the Donbas

“"The leaders agreed these reforms are central to Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations," the White House statement said.

President Zelenskiy, for his part, said on Twitter he was glad to speak with Biden and appreciates U.S. support on different levels. "We stand shoulder to shoulder when it comes to preservation of our democracies. My commitment to transform [Ukraine], improve transparency & achieve peace is strong. The American partnership is crucial for Ukrainians," Zelenskiy said.

Biden-Zelenskiy phone call, Russia's military aggression, Donbas
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