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President Biden’s Secretive Journey Into A War Zone

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President Joe Biden’s visit to Ukraine was the first trip by a U.S. leader to a warzone outside the control of the U.S. military.

Meticulously planned over several months by a tight circle of key advisers, Biden’s visit was described as “unprecedented in modern times” by his national security adviser, Jake Sullivan because it was the first time a U.S. president had visited “the capital of the country at war where the United States military does not control the critical infrastructure.”

Sullivan, who accompanied the president, said the trip had “required a security, operational, and logistical effort from professionals across the U.S. government to take what was an inherently risky undertaking and make it a manageable level of risk.”