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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during a visit by a U.S. congressional delegation on April 30, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine (Photo by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office/Handout via Getty Images)

Russia’s war on Ukraine is the first full-fledged war of aggression in Europe since 1945. Several high-level U.S. government officials have recently visited Ukraine, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

  • Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America and former director of policy planning for the State Department, said the visits are aimed at demonstrating to Russia that unlike in 2014, when Russia took Crimea and occupied parts of eastern Ukraine, the United States and NATO allies are not moving on.

    Local Kyiv resident Leonid wheels a new door to repair his damaged home near the site of a missile strike in the Shevchenkivskyi district on April 29, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Slaughter said the U.S. is doing all it can to help Ukraine and should focus on preventing Russia from taking over southern Ukraine and the port of Odessa.
  • She said she thinks the Biden administration has done a superb job for the most part but should not personalize rhetoric against Putin because that eliminates the incentive for a ceasefire.

 

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