Mike Pence makes a surprise trip to Ukraine and meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
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Former Vice President Mike Pence made an unexpected trip to Ukraine, meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and touring the war-torn country as it confronts Russian aggression.

Pence, who recently launched his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, has been highly critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

He has called for increased U.S. military aid to Ukraine and criticized fellow GOP contenders who question continued American involvement, asserting that there is no place in the party for “Putin apologists.”

During his approximately 12-hour visit, Pence visited several locations, including Moshchun, Bucha, and Irpin. He emphasized the importance of American leadership on the world stage and highlighted the progress made through support for the Ukrainian military.

In addition to meetings with President Zelenskyy, Pence received briefings on the country’s security situation and allegations of human rights violations. He also took part in a commemoration ceremony honoring fallen Ukrainians and witnessed the aftermath of the conflict, visiting sites such as the destroyed Romanov Bridge and St. Andrew’s Church.

The trip, facilitated by the humanitarian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse, marked Pence’s second visit to the region. His fellow Republican candidates have shown less enthusiasm for increased U.S. involvement in Ukraine, reflecting broader skepticism within the party.

Public opinion polls indicate a decrease in support for a major U.S. role in the conflict, particularly among Republicans. Former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, both vying for the 2024 Republican nomination, have expressed differing views on the significance of Ukraine’s defense to U.S. national security interests.

However, Pence’s visit underscored his firm stance on supporting Ukraine and the need for American leadership in global affairs.

Source: with agencies

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