Kyiv Mayor says Biden’s visit is “symbolic” but Ukraine still needs modern weapons

Dennis Lapin in Kyiv and Vasco Cotovio in London

US President Joe Biden’s surprise visit to Ukraine on Monday was an “important” and “symbolic” visit, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko told CNN’s Poppy Harlow on Monday.

“It’s a risky trip, it’s a tough decision, but it’s very important and it has symbolism… it shows the whole world that the United States supports Ukraine,” he said.

“It gives us much more energy to fight if we feel our friends behind us, it’s a very important message,” said the mayor.

Biden announced an additional half-billion dollars of assistance during his trip, including more ammunition and howitzers but it did not include anything new such as longer range missiles or fighter jets.

Ukrainian soldiers … have been fighting already (for) one year against one of strongest army in the world: the Russian army,” said Klitschko.

He added that Ukrainian soldiers have already shown the world their “will and spirit,” but this is not enough.

“It’s very important (to have) modern weapons… to be honest we depend (on the) help of our partners,” Klitschko said.

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