During a call on Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked US President Joe Biden for greater military and financial support, as well as for him to visit Ukraine, according to a senior Ukrainian official.
The official, who has been briefed on the conversation, told CNN that Zelensky used the Sunday call to suggest what the official called “concrete ideas to diminish the Russian threat to Ukraine."
These included renewed calls for Washington to provide greater military support for Ukraine, including the provision of more advanced weaponry, according to the official.
Zelensky also emphasized the need for a significant financial package for Ukraine, according to the official. The official told CNN the Ukrainian leader stressed to his US counterpart that strong economic support would – in the words of the official -- “show Putin that the West stands with Ukraine, and that the impact of Putin’s escalation would bear no fruit.”
According to the Ukrainian official, Zelensky asked Biden to visit Ukraine as soon as possible, but that there was no positive response from Biden. US officials say a trip by Biden to Ukraine is extremely unlikely.