Yellen met with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko and other key government officials just days into the war’s second year, repeating U.S. assurances delivered by President Joe Biden a week ago in Kyiv.
“America will stand with Ukraine as long as it takes,” Yellen, flanked by sandbags at the cabinet ministers’ office, told Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, in a trip also aimed at shoring up support at home for continued aid.
In a private meeting with Zelenskiy late in the afternoon, the Treasury chief aid she commended him “for his leadership and resolve in the face of Russia’s illegal and unprovoked war.”
Yellen said she welcomed Zelenskiy’s actions to strengthen governance and address corruption – actions needed to ensure that U.S. economic aid is being spent responsibly, a message she repeated in her meeting with Marchenko.
“The United States has been powerfully supporting us since the first days…