This perspective was provided by political scientist Volodymyr Fesenko in a commentary for RBC-Ukraine.
Fesenko noted that the decision regarding new financial aid for Ukraine from the United States is not solely dependent on Ukraine. He identified the current impasse as rooted in internal U.S. political issues, including disagreements over the Mexican border and changes in migration legislation. "Ukraine, along with Israel and to some extent Taiwan, has become a hostage of this conflict," he explained.
During his meeting with the senators, Zelensky is expected to detail the challenging situation at the front and articulate the urgency of approving new aid for Ukraine. Fesenko anticipates that Zelensky will approach this task both rationally and emotionally.
He also speculated that the meeting might include additional informational presentations to persuade the American legislators of the continued necessity of supporting Ukraine, underscoring that it aligns with the interests of the United States.
This meeting comes ahead of Zelensky's visit to the United States scheduled for December 11, where he is set to meet President Joe Biden. Additionally, Zelensky is expected to address American senators on December 12.
These engagements occur against the backdrop of discord in the U.S. Congress over new funding for Ukraine. Recently, Senate Republicans opposed a funding package that included aid for Ukraine, calling on the White House to bolster border security.