Ukraine’s Zelensky asks Biden for more support

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he spoke by phone with his US counterpart Joe Biden to discuss financial support and sanctions against Russia as his country faces an intensifying onslaught.

“As part of the constant dialogue, I had another conversation with @POTUS,” Zelensky tweets. “The agenda included the issues of security, financial support for Ukraine and the continuation of sanctions against Russia.”

In a readout on the half-hour call, the White House says Biden emphasized steps his administration and allies have taken “to raise the costs on Russia for its aggression in Ukraine.”

He also highlighted efforts by private companies, such as payment giants Visa and MasterCard, to freeze out Moscow by suspending operations in the wake of the February 24 invasion.

Hours earlier, the Ukrainian leader addressed US lawmakers by video call, pleading for further assistance to his besieged country and a blacklisting of Russian oil imports.

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