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    Zelenskyy Returns to Washington to Face Growing Dissent Among Republicans to US Spending for Ukraine

    — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy returns to Washington on Thursday for a whirlwind one-day visit, this time to face the Republicans now questioning the flow of American dollars that for 19 months has kept his troops in the fight against Russian forces.

    Zelenskyy will meet with President Joe Biden at the White House, speak with U.S. leaders at the Pentagon and stop at Capitol Hill to talk privately with Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate as the world is watching Western support for .

    It is Zelenskyy's second visit to Washington since Russia invaded in February 2022 and comes as Biden's request to Congress for an additional $24 billion for Ukraine's military and humanitarian needs is hanging in the balance.

    National Security Council spokesman John Kirby called the Ukrainian president “our best messenger” in persuading U.S. lawmakers to keep vital U.S. money and weapons coming.

    “It's really important for members of Congress to be able to hear directly from the president about what he's facing in this counteroffensive,” Kirby told reporters Wednesday, “and how he's achieving his goals, and what he needs to continue to achieve those goals.”

    Biden has called on world leaders to stand strong with Ukraine, even as he faces domestic political divisions at home. A hard-right flank of Republicans, led by former President Donald Trump, Biden's…

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