Biden expected to visit Poland this month to mark first anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine
President Joe Biden is expected to travel to Poland this month to mark the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to three people familiar with the planning.
Current planning is for Biden to visit Poland near the end of February, the sources said.
The sources noted that the trip is not final until the White House announces it and that the plans could change.
A spokesperson for the National Security Council declined to comment.
It was not immediately clear whether additional stops would be added to the trip.
NBC News was first to report last month that Biden was considering a trip to Europe, including possibly Poland, to mark the anniversary of the war, which began on Feb. 24, 2022.
Sources at the time said the White House was considering ways Biden might mark the milestone to draw attention to Ukraine’s resilience against Russia’s brutal military campaign and to reaffirm U.S. solidarity with the Ukrainian people as the conflict enters a new phase.
Visiting Europe would give Biden an in-person opportunity to foster greater unity within the U.S.-European alliance. Biden commented on the importance of that unity when he announced Jan. 25 that the U.S. would send 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine.
"I’ve been saying this a long time — the expectation on the part of Russia is we’re going to break up, we’re not going to stay united. But we are fully, thoroughly, totally united," Biden said.
Since Russia's invasion, the Biden administration has committed more than $29.3 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, the Defense Department said last week.
This article was originally published on NBCNews.com