Ukrainians react to Biden’s surprise visit to Kyiv
Residents of Kyiv welcomed US President Joe Biden’s visit to Ukraine’s capital, saying his presence in the country is meaningful.
“That really impressed me. He’s good, I wasn’t expecting his visit. I’m sure his visit means a lot,” 40-year-old Yuliya Ivanova said.
“Biden will be able to look at the situation in Ukraine from the inside, he will be able to talk to a lot of representatives of our government. He will look and see how difficult it is for us. I think we will be able to count on more US help.”
Tetyana Yevtushenko, a 30-year-old doctor, also said Ukrainians were grateful for the President’s visit. “We hope it will give us support,” she said.
“It’s just something unbelievable that at a time like this the President of the United States is coming to Kyiv,” 48-year-old Ukrainian service-member Andrei Ketov added. “I think this visit will bring us ‘carrots,’ something good, we are having a very hard time right now.”
“We need weapons and finances. We don’t have our own. And the Russians have a lot of everything,” he added.
Student Vitaly Dmyterchuk, 19, described the visit as “a very memorable day.”
“We argued among ourselves whether Biden would come or not. I didn’t believe he was coming,” he said. “This is a huge support for us, we know that in America we have a lot of support and help.”
“And so there is a great flow of weapons and humanitarian aid … But there hasn’t been such a large-scale war since World War II. And sometimes that aid is not enough. I know how soldiers on the front line suffer.”
Ilya Zelenko, a 20-year-old student, added: “I was very happy when I found out that Biden came, we expect even more support. Now we see a coalition around Ukraine, we want to see it strengthened, and (that) we (are) given even more weapons.”