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Zelenskyy Addresses Congress

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appeared before a joint session of the US Congress yesterday, capping a surprise visit that had been kept under wraps until less than 24 hours in advance. Zelenskyy thanked the US for its support while urging lawmakers to support his country for an extended conflict against Russia. It marked the Ukrainian president's first trip outside his country since Russia's invasion; watch the full speech here.

The speech followed warnings from Ukrainian officials that Russia is preparing a massive offensive sometime around February, possibly attempting once again to take the capital city of Kyiv. Analysts say about 150,000 Russian troops that have been called up during a partial mobilization will have completed training by early 2023.

Separately, President Joe Biden confirmed reports the US would send state-of-the-art Patriot missile defense systems to Ukraine. The systems are capable of targeting aircraft and ballistic and cruise missiles within a 100-mile radius (see 101), though they are ineffective against attack drones.

The US has provided roughly $48B in aid to Ukraine over the past year (see in charts), with around $20B in direct support provided in the FY23 appropriations bill under consideration.

See updates on the war here.

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