Ukrainian leader expected to address US Congress in his first known trip outside Ukraine since Russia war started.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was making his way to Washington for a summit with President Joe Biden

and would address the US Congress in his first known trip outside the country since Russia’s invasion began in February.

On Wednesday, he said on his Twitter that the visit was “to strengthen resilience and defense capabilities” of Ukraine and discuss cooperation between his country and the United States with Biden.

The highly sensitive trip is taking place after 10 months of a brutal war that has seen tens of thousands killed and wounded on both sides of the conflict, along with devastation for Ukrainian

The Kremlin said that nothing good would come of the visit and that Russia saw no chance of peace talks with Kyiv.

US lawmakers are set to vote on a year-end spending package that includes about $45bn in emergency assistance to Ukraine as the Pentagon prepares to send Patriot surface-to-air missiles to the country