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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a small Congressional delegation to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv.

“We are visiting you to say thank you for your fight for freedom,” Pelosi said in a video posted by Zelenskyy’s office on Telegram early Sunday. “Your fight is a fight for everyone, and so our commitment is to be there for you until the fight is done.”

Pelosi is now the highest-ranking American leader to visit Ukraine since the start of the war. The show of support comes as Western military aid increasingly flows into Ukraine in an effort to aid the country’s defensive fight against Russia’s eastern offensive and potentially weaken Moscow for the long term.

But while Washington and its allies appear emboldened by Ukrainian forces’ staunch defense, in places like Mariupol the situation remains dire. A small group of women and children were finally evacuated from the steel plant that is the last stronghold in the besieged and bombed-out port city on Saturday, but many more remain trapped.

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Ukraine warns Russia plans to stoke unrest in Moldova

Ukraine’s defense ministry has warned that Russia is working to stoke unrest in nearby Moldova.

Ukraine’s defense intelligence agency said in a Telegram post on its official account that it had got hold of a newspaper printed with a Monday date that contained Russian propaganda and called for Russian armed forces to intervene in Transnistria, a breakaway republic in Moldova where Kyiv is concerned Moscow may be preparing an escalation that could broaden the war.

“To this end, ‘mobilization points’ are being set up on the territory of the Russian Federation itself to recruit volunteers to fight in the Transnistrian army,” Ukraine’s intelligence ministry said.

The ministry said it is preparing for Russian efforts to cause unrest around the May holidays, including Victory Day on May 9, which celebrates Russia’s victory in World War II.

Video shows Congressional delegation meeting with Zelenskyy in Kyiv

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Pelosi says Kyiv visit sent ‘resounding message’ of U.S. support, delegation will keep traveling in Poland

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office has confirmed she led a Congressional delegation to Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The visit was “to send an unmistakable and resounding message to the entire world: America stands firmly with Ukraine,” Pelosi’s office said in a statement early Sunday. It is the first official Congressional delegation to have visited Ukraine since Russia invaded.

“Our delegation will now continue our travels in Poland, where we will meet with President Andrzej Duda and senior officials,” the statement said.

Pelosi visits Kyiv, meets with Zelenskyy

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a small Congressional delegation to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv, according to video posted by Zelenskyy’s office on Sunday.

“We are visiting you to say thank you for your fight for freedom,” Pelosi says in the video, which was posted to the Telegram messaging app early Sunday. “Your fight is a fight for everyone, and so our commitment is to be there for you until the fight is done.”

Zelenskyy said he was “very grateful for this powerful signal of support.”

Those with Pelosi on the trip, which was not previously announced, included Reps. Jason Crow, Jim McGovern and Adam Schiff.

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