Zelenskiy thanks Johnson, Schumer for helping get US aid bill passed

Ukrainian President Zelenskiy visits Washington D.C.

(Reuters) - President Volodymyr Zelenskiy expressed his gratitude on Thursday for the U.S. aid bill for Ukraine during calls with U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Mike Johnson and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Zelenskiy said on X that he had thanked Johnson, a Republican, who had been blocking a vote on the bill, "for his leadership that ensured true bipartisan support for aid to Ukraine". In a conversation with Schumer, he praised the Democratic Party's unwavering support.

The presidential website said Zelenskiy described the situation along the 1,000-km (600-mile) front line of the war and "attacks by the Russian occupiers on civilian infrastructure and the need to boost air defences, notably Patriot systems".

"The president noted that it is important to send this latest aid package to Ukraine as quickly as possible," the statement on the website read.

"He noted separately the mention of ATACMS (Army Tactical Missile Systems) in the law, which are very much needed in Ukraine."

(Reporting by Yuliia Dysa; Editing by Hugh Lawson, Ron Popeski and Leslie Adler)