President Joe Biden signs a guest book during his meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at Mariinsky Palace during an unannounced visit in Kyiv, Ukraine, February 20, 2023. Evan Vucci/Pool via REUTERS 

 WNU Editor: There has been nothing but praise in the Western media on President Biden’s trip to Kyiv, and deservedly so …. Joe Biden Made a Surprise Visit to Ukraine as Air Raid Sirens Blared (DNYUZ/Vice). More here …. Zelensky on Biden visit to Ukraine: ‘Historic. Timely. Brave.’ (The Hill), and here …. Biden on surprise visit to Ukraine: “One year later, Kyiv stands” (Axios). 

But what is not mentioned in the press is that every Western leader has had to contact the Kremlin that their leader was going to Ukraine at a certain date to make sure that no Russian missiles or air attacks would happen when they are there. President Biden included (link here).

So the big question is …. why is the Kremlin permitting Biden, Macron, Scholz, Johnson, Sunak, Trudeau, and other Western leaders to go to Kyiv. If you watch/listen/read Russian news, you would notice immediately that these visits are always being used to reinforce the Kremlin’s narrative that this is a war between NATO and Russia. These visits are also being used by the Kremlin to send a message to the non-Western world that the West is a bloc that may threaten you in the future. 

So why did President Biden go?

Some are saying it would have been an embarrassment if he did not go, especially since he is next door in Poland.  But I think the big reason is that many in the Pentagon and in the West are worried on the state of the war, and Biden had to not only go to Ukraine to reinforce US support of the war, but to tell Zelensky personally that the situation must change on the ground or he will lose this conflict.