A top-secret mission has been launched to bring Volodymyr Zelenskyy safely to Washington for his historic speech before Congress.
He snuck in the dark in front of a VVIP high security jet from Ukraine, guarded by a submarine spy plane and a fighter escort plane to ward off any threat from Russia.
It was the first time since the Russian invasion that the president, who has been under constant threat of assassination, has left Ukraine.
After his epic journey, he was greeted with a standing ovation as he compared Putin to Hitler and defiantly said his nation was “alive and alive”.
Zelenskyy also presented a Ukrainian flag – a symbol of the country’s survival – which he had personally picked up from front-line troops 24 hours earlier.
Sources said Zelensky had been hoping to visit the US for months and now was finally “the right time”.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is said to have started talks at a conference in Croatia in October to make that happen.
Then last week, Zelensky officially accepted an invitation from Joe Biden — though it wasn’t announced because he feared he might be targeted along the way.
Once confirmed, the painstakingly executed plan came together within days of US and Ukrainian officials, security sources said.
It is believed that only a few key people knew about the visit.
On Tuesday Zelenskyi paid a surprise visit to Bakhmut in the far east of Ukraine – the scene of the most intense fighting in recent weeks.
He presented medals to soldiers and received a battered blue and yellow national flag signed by the city’s defenders.
Zelensky’s private train – which contained an office on wheels disguised as a regular nondescript wagon – took him back to his wartime headquarters in Kyiv.
But under cover of darkness, the train continued west, discreetly crossing the border into Przemysl in Poland.
Video footage shows him marching from the train station with his bodyguards yesterday morning.
He was accompanied by Bridget Brink, the US ambassador to Ukraine, reports AP.
From there, a US Embassy vehicle took him and his team to an airport in Rzeszw, where a US Air Force C40B executive jet was waiting on the tarmac.
The Boeing plane – a smaller version of Air Force One – is typically used by US cabinet secretaries on foreign visits.
Authorities still feared the plane could be vulnerable if Russia got wind of the plans.
His battle route led across the North Sea – a breeding ground for Russian ships and submarines.
The second part of the plan was put into action when Zelensky blew up at 8:15 a.m. local time.
An E-3A Sentry spy plane has been launched from the NATO base in Geilenkirchen, Germany, to clear the skies over western Europe.
Britain also uses the eye-in-the-sky surveillance jets, which are brimming with anti-submarine measures.
Meanwhile, an advanced US Air Force F-15E Eagle fighter jet took off from RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk.
According to flight data, it hit the VIP flight over the North Sea halfway between Yorkshire and the Netherlands.
The White House did not announce Zelenskyy’s visit until 1 a.m. Eastern Time, when it was certain the President had safely left Ukraine.
Its non-stop flight landed at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland around noon on Wednesday.
From there, the security service took over in line with other visits by heads of state.
“symbol of our victory”
Still in his signature khaki T-shirt, Zelenskyj met Mr. and Mrs. Biden outside the White House.
The US President announced another $1.85 billion in military aid to Ukraine, including Patriot air-defense missiles.
And he told Zelensky, “It’s an honor to be with you in the common defense against a brutal, brutal war being waged by Putin.”
He then delivered his stirring speech to Congress in a historic visit compared to Winston Churchill’s in 1941.
Senators and congressmen gave him thunderous applause as he declared Ukraine would “never surrender” and warned that more than his nation’s fate was at stake.
He said: “Against all doomsday scenarios, Ukraine has not fallen. Ukraine lives and kicks.
“We defeated Russia in the battle for the heads of the world.”
He also presented the war-damaged flag covered with signatures by Ukrainian troops at the front.
He said: “You asked me to take this flag to you, to the US Congress, to members of the House of Representatives and to senators whose decisions can save millions of people.
“So let these decisions be made. Let this flag stay with you.
“Ladies and gentlemen, this flag is a symbol of our victory in this war.”
After only ten hours in the US, he flew back to Poland to meet with his allies.
While Zelenskyy was received as a hero in Washington, the cowardly Putin hid from his own people.
His flagship speech on the state of the union was mysteriously postponed yesterday.
It comes as the Kremlin tyrant battles rumors of ailing health and plans to remove him from power over his handling of the disastrous war.
Russia has reportedly lost 100,000 troops since February – but Mad Vlad won’t stop until a million are dead.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6973703/incredible-plan-zelensky-secret-train-spy-plane-fighter-jet/ In the incredible plan to bring Zelensky to the United States using a secret train, submarine spy planes and fighter jets armed to the teeth