Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Washington, D.C. for the third time to discuss his country’s ongoing war with Russia. The Biden administration’s Department of Defense (DoD) announced it was sending Ukraine another $325 million, including ammunition, AIM-9M missiles, avenger air defense systems, 59 light tactical vehicles, and anti-armor systems.
Ahead of his meeting with Biden, Zelensky said he was very much looking forward to discussing military support, “with a special emphasis on air.” The Biden administration is currently trying to approve an additional $24 billion in aid to Ukraine.
The day started with footage of a large electronic billboard in New York City making the rounds. It was said that an AI system auto-corrected Ukraine to “Urine” because it detected the color yellow in the image of the Ukrainian flag it was displaying, making the sign read “Glory to Urine!” However, it later turned out that the sign was probably fake.
Glory to the urine !
There was a greeting message for Zelenski's arrival in New York. But instead of Glory to Ukraine, the flag read Glory to urine .
The company that owns the screen explained that the error was caused by an intelligent system that compared the yellow color… pic.twitter.com/B2jzXZFIBh
— Sprinter (@Sprinter99800) September 21, 2023
According to Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), Biden Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said the United States will likely give Ukraine an estimated $100 billion in the next 14 months, in addition to the $113 billion Congress has already given.
When asked by senators how much the conflict on Ukraine will cost the United States in the next 14 months, @SecDef came up with a staggering estimate of $100 billion—in addition to the $113 billion Congress has already spent on that effort! pic.twitter.com/jRTRACuYuI
— Mike Lee (@BasedMikeLee) September 20, 2023
First, Zelensky met with members of Congress. He had wanted to give an address to the legislative body, but had his request denied by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who said there was not enough time. McCarthy a quick photo op with Volodymyr, without smiling nor a Ukraine flag pin, and sent him on his way.
This photo was taken today in the Capitol
Speaker McCarthy denied Zelensky’s joint address to Congress, didn’t wear a Ukraine flag pin, and looks generally upset he even had to take this picture
Big improvement for KM from 2022 pic.twitter.com/miR4tDwtMR
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) September 21, 2023
Zelensky arrived at the White House where he was greeted by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill, ahead of an expected announcement of new aid for Ukraine.
WATCH: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrives at the White House to meet with President Biden and other top U.S. leaders as Biden plans to announce an additional U.S. aid package to Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/CaQwNFarwm
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 21, 2023
This is the sixth in-person meeting between Biden and Zelensky. It has already been announced that the Biden administration will be sending “more artillery, more ammunition or antitank weapons” to the country, as well as U.S. Abrams tanks for the first time. But National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby told the press that no decision has been reached about sending Ukraine U.S. tactical missiles (ATACMS).
When asked if he had gotten assurance from Congress if he had gotten more aid, Biden said “there’s no alternative” and that he is counting on their good judgment.
REPORTER: "President Zelenskyy, are you confident that Congress is gonna support your efforts to get this supplemental aid? Did you get any assurances?"
BIDEN: "There's no alternative" pic.twitter.com/8oy3pte600
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 21, 2023