Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived to the capital of Ukraine Wednesday in an unannounced go to simply hours after town was struck by a Russian missile assault.
Blinken’s journey to Kyiv is supposed to point out america’ “unwavering dedication to Ukraine’s democracy, territorial integrity and democracy,” in keeping with State Division spokesperson Matthew Miller.
Whereas in Ukraine, the secretary will meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and Overseas Minister Dmytro Kuleba to speak concerning the nation’s counteroffensive within the ongoing Russia-Ukraine warfare.
“We need to be sure that Ukraine has what it wants, not solely to achieve the counteroffensive however has what it wants for the long-term, to be sure that it has a robust deterrent,” Blinken mentioned throughout the go to. “We’re additionally decided to proceed to work with our companions as they construct and rebuild a robust economic system, sturdy democracy.”
That is Blinken’s fourth journey to Ukraine since Russia invaded in March 2022, however would be the first time a U.S. official stays in a single day in Kyiv because the warfare began. U.S. officers informed the Related Press that Blinken’s in a single day journey is supposed to represent help for Ukraine.
A senior official within the State Division — who was talking to reporters on the protocol of anonymity — mentioned Blinken can also be seeking to study what sort of help is required within the present state of the warfare. He’s additionally anticipated to announce new army assist for Ukraine that’s between $175 million and $200 million, the AP famous.
This comes as Ukrainian lawmakers accredited Zelensky’s nomination for a protection minister, Rustem Umerov. The go to additionally comes after Russia launched cruise missiles at Kyiv — which the top of the capital metropolis’s regional army administration Serhii Popko mentioned is the primary aerial assault on town since final week.
The Related Press contributed to this report.
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