Zelensky’s European Tour

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Zelensky Takes to Europe

British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak walks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Aylesbury, England.(Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak walks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Aylesbury, England.(Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

For most of us mere mortals, a trip to Europe is a good way to drain the coffers, not fill them. Not so for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who managed to pull in several billion dollars in promises of military aid in just a short three-day tour of Italy, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.

The trip—ahead of an expected Ukrainian offensive that will likely increase demand for weapons and ammunition—could be a sign of the shifting dynamics of aid to the war-torn country. Amid fears U.S. aid supply could falter in the coming months, Zelensky is shifting his focus toward shoring up support in Europe.

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