Biden Holds Call With Ukrainian President Zelensky

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Biden Holds Call With Ukrainian President Zelensky

KYIV, Ukraine—President Biden spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday, amid a broad push by the U.S. to show its support for Kyiv against heightened Russian military pressure along Ukraine’s border.

The roughly 40-minute talk between the presidents was the first since Mr. Biden’s inauguration in January, and is certain to bring a big boost to Mr. Zelensky at home, where his critics were wondering why Mr. Biden appeared to be keeping his distance from the Ukrainian leader.

With Russia’s military mobilizing along Ukraine’s borders, Mr. Biden’s call is the latest of a flurry of efforts to reassure Kyiv. Earlier this week, there were calls between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley and their Ukrainian counterparts.

On Monday, Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan held a phone conversation with Mr. Zelensky’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak.

The White House said Mr. Biden told Mr. Zelensky that he supported his anticorruption efforts, adding that they “agreed these reforms are central to Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations.”

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