An American military aircraft was involved in bringing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Washington for his meetings Wednesday, according to US officials.
The US was heavily involved in the security arrangements to bring Zelensky from and back to Ukraine for the first time since the Russian invasion began.
After Zelensky accepted Biden’s invitation to visit a week ago, the two sides immediately began making the security arrangements for the visit.
“It ultimately was his decision to make,” a senior administration official said. “He concluded that those security parameters met what he needed. We agreed with that, and so we are executing accordingly.”
Zelensky plans to leave Washington immediately after his address to Congress on Capitol Hill, making his visit only a matter of a few hours.
Zelensky traveled to Poland by train as part of his journey to the United States on Wednesday.
Video by CNN affiliate TVN in Poland captured the moment Zelensky arrived by train in Przemysl, near the Polish-Ukrainian border. The shot date is Dec. 21, but does not give an indication of time.
Zelensky is then seen in a white 4×4 vehicle waiting to depart in a convoy.
According to TVN, Zelensky then flew to from Rzeszow airport on his way to Washington. Zelensky was seen with US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Ann Brink.