Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is set to make the rounds in Washington on Thursday. Poroshenko will speak to a rare joint session of congress early in the day and that will be followed by a meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office. Poroshenko is in Washington in search of more robust U.S military assistance to help his country in its fight against Russian-backed rebels. To date, Obama has resisted Ukraine's request for lethal assistance, though the U.S. has already provided about $60 million in nonlethal aid to Ukraine's military. White House officials say that Poroshenko's visit, his first to the U.S. since being elected this summer, is aimed in part at sending a message to Russia about the West's backing for the embattled former Soviet republic. TheStreet's Ruben Ramirez reports from New York.