Ukrainian President Zelensky visits the US to seek support amid Republican opposition to aid
Why it matters
The visit is crucial for Ukraine as it fights against Russian forces and seeks financial and military aid. The Republican opposition to aid poses a challenge to President Zelensky's efforts to secure support from the US.
What the papers say
The Guardian says that Ukrainian troops held off Russian attacks and made progress in the southern theatre. The Independent reports that Zelensky made a passionate plea to American lawmakers, stating that Ukraine will lose the war without aid. The New York Times highlights the growing Republican opposition to aid for Ukraine. AP News mentions Zelensky's visit to Washington and the questioning of American aid by Republican lawmakers. France 24 reports on Ukraine's military capturing a village near Bakhmut.
How we got here
President Zelensky's visit comes at a critical time as Ukraine fights against Russian forces and seeks support from the US. The Republican opposition to aid adds complexity to the situation.
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