Biden Visits Ukraine: Showing Support and Solidarity Amidst War and Political Uncertainty

On Monday, an unexpected and unprecedented visit was made to Ukraine, a country that has been in a state of conflict due to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion almost a year ago. President Joe Biden’s visit was an act of support and solidarity for the democratic nation in its fight for survival.[0] The visit, which included a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, was kept tightly under wraps until Biden’s arrival.[0] The president was one of the last Western leaders to make the journey, which required a 10-hour train ride or a daring flight due to the security risks posed by the war zone.[1]

The Kremlin met Biden’s visit with official silence, as analysts and pundits suggested the US leader’s historic trip was an unwelcome twist ahead of a speech by Vladimir Putin and other state events set to mark the anniversary of the full-scale invasion.[2] During his visit, Biden and Zelenskyy walked the streets of Kyiv, past a religious mural at the St. Michaels Golden-Domed Cathedral and later met at the Ukrainian presidential palace.[3]

On Tuesday, President Biden will speak from Warsaw, Poland about the struggle and the necessity for the United States and its allies to stay devoted to assisting Ukraine.[4] Biden is expected to lay out his view of the war in Ukraine as a battle for democracy and to speak to the costs the war has inflicted on the rest of the world.[5] He will tout the need for both alliances and American leadership on the world stage, and will reiterate his commitment to the security of Ukraine and other Eastern European allies.[5]

The US notified Russia of Biden’s secret visit to Ukraine hours before his departure in an attempt to avoid sparking conflict.[6] Anxiety is rising in Europe as Joe Biden prepares to announce his plans to run for a second term in the White House, as a potential change in the presidency could mean a new policy towards Ukraine.[5] Congressional Republicans have suggested a more extensive evaluation of the U.S. aid, with some conservatives advocating for a decrease in the amount of aid.[7] Despite the slim majorities in Congress, both parties have been supportive of Ukraine during the past year, and this is unlikely to change.[7]

The “Ukrainian question” hangs out there, largely unanswered.[8] Discussions in Washington, Berlin and Kyiv center around which weapons to send and which additional sanctions to impose.[8]

0. “Biden sends an unmistakable message with surprise trip to Kyiv” MSNBC, 20 Feb. 2023,

1. “‘One of the decisive moments of his presidency’: Biden heads to a troubled Europe” POLITICO, 19 Feb. 2023,

2. “Biden’s Ukraine trip undercuts Kremlin narrative of waning support in the west” The Guardian, 20 Feb. 2023,

3. “Biden’s secret visit to Kyiv — in photos” Axios, 20 Feb. 2023,

4. “Ukraine war: Biden to frame conflict as battle for democracy” BBC, 21 Feb. 2023,

5. “Biden set for latest symbolic clash with Putin after surprise Ukraine trip” CNN, 21 Feb. 2023,

6. “U.S. alerted Russia to Biden’s Ukraine visit for “deconfliction purposes,” White House says” CBS News, 20 Feb. 2023,

7. “Biden announces $500M in new military aid to Ukraine during surprise visit” The Hill, 20 Feb. 2023,

8. “Joe Biden’s Simple But Hard ‘Ukrainian Question’” POLITICO, 21 Feb. 2023,