Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky says he is on his way to Washington, where he will meet US President Joe Biden on Wednesday.
It is his first foreign trip since Russia invaded in.
The White House has also confirmed the trip and said it will supply Ukraine with a Patriot missile battery, significantly increasing the country’s air defence capability.
Mr Zelensky will also address Congress and hold a number of meetings.
“On my way to the US to strengthen resilience and defense capabilities of Ukraine,” he wrote on Twitter.
His visit marks a first since the war began and also signals the importance of Ukraine’s relationship with the US, which has played a leading role in providing military support.
On my way to the US to strengthen resilience and defense capabilities of 🇺🇦. In particular, @POTUS and I will discuss cooperation between 🇺🇦 and 🇺🇸. I will also have a speech at the Congress and a number of bilateral meetings.
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) December 21, 2022