After arrivingvia land from Poland to Kiev, in a powerful message of support for Ukraine against Russia, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Defense Lloyd Austin have promised more military aid to Ukrainian forces.
US officials said the two ministers took advantage of the first official US visit to Kiev since the Russian military operation more than two months ago to announce increased military support, the gradual return of US diplomats to the country, and the appointment of a new one. ambassador.
A senior State Department official said on Monday that Blinken and Austin met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and a number of senior Ukrainian officials in Kiev yesterday, according to Reuters.
In support of the Donbass fronts
He also indicated that he had informed the Ukrainian president that Washington would provide an additional $ 322 million to his country as part of new foreign military aid.
He believed that this assistance will provide support for the capabilities Ukraine needs, in notably the fighting in the Donbass, and will also help the Ukrainian armed forces move to more advanced weapons and air defense systems.
In addition, it indicated that nearly $ 400 million in new foreign military aid will go to another 15 countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
New United States Ambassador
Regarding the return of diplomats, the official said US President Joe Biden will officially appoint Bridget Brink, the current US ambassador in Slovakia, as Washington ambassador in Ukraine, vacant position for more than two years.
Interestingly, this visit was to once again show strong Western, especially American, support for Kiev.
Since the launch of the Russian operation on Ukrainian soil on February 24, Washington has sided with Ukraine, also supporting it with weapons, equipment and humanitarian aid.
So far, US total security assistance in Kiev has reached approximately $ 3.7 billion.
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