Biden pledges US backing for Ukraine sovereignty in phone call with Zelensky

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KYIV, Ukraine – President Biden spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday, Ukrainian officials said, amid a broad push by the United States to show support for Kiev against increased Russian military pressure along Ukraine’s border. . The roughly 50-minute conversation between the presidents was the first since Biden’s inauguration in January, and it will surely bring a huge boost to Zelensky at home, where his critics wondered why Biden seemed to stay away from the Ukrainian leader.