Volodymyr Zelensky (centre right) and Nancy Pelosi shake hands during their meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine. AP
Pelosi, a California Democrat and second in line to the presidency after the vice president, is the highest-ranking American leader to visit Ukraine since the start of the war, and her visit marks a major show of continuing support for the country's struggle against Russia.
"Our delegation travelled to Kyiv to send an unmistakable and resounding message to the entire world: America stands firmly with Ukraine,” Pelosi said in a statement released Sunday.
Volodymyr Zelensky (3rd from right) and Nancy Pelosi (3rd from left) talk during their meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine. AP
Footage released by President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office showed Pelosi and other US legislators in Kyiv.
The full Congressional delegation included Democratic Reps. Gregory Meeks of New York who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Adam Schiff, of California who chairs the House Intelligence Committee; Jim McGovern of Massachusetts who chairs the House Rules Committee; Jason Crow of Colorado; Barbara Lee of California; and Bill Keating of Massachusetts.
"You all are welcome,” Zelensky told the delegation.
Pelosi told Zelensky: "We believe that we are visiting you to say thank you for your fight for freedom."
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (right) awards to US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in Kyiv. AP
"We are on a frontier of freedom and your fight is a fight for everyone. Our commitment is to be there for you until the fight is done,” Pelosi added.
The visit wasn't previously announced.
Pelosi said the delegation would continue its trip in southeast Poland and the capital, Warsaw, to meet with President Andrzej Duda and other senior officials. Poland has received more than 3 million refugees from Ukraine since Russia launched its war on Feb. 24.
"We look forward to thanking our Polish allies for their dedication and humanitarian efforts,” she said.