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Blinken visits Ukraine to tout US support

Updated on: 15 May,2024 07:50 AM IST  |  Kyiv
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We know this is a challenging time,” Blinken said in the Ukrainian capital where he met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Blinken visits Ukraine to tout US support

Antony Blinken arrives at Kyiv-Pasazhyrskyi station. Pic/AP

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Kyiv on Tuesday in an unannounced diplomatic mission to reassure Ukraine that it has American support as it struggles to defend against increasingly intense Russian attacks.


“We know this is a challenging time,” Blinken said in the Ukrainian capital where he met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The visit comes less than a month after Congress approved a long-delayed foreign assistance package that sets aside US$60 billion in aid for Ukraine, much of which will go toward replenishing badly depleted artillery and air defence systems.


Assistance from the new package “is now on the way”, Blinken said, adding that some of it has already arrived in Ukraine. He said the aid would “make a real difference” on the battlefield where Russia’s army has in some areas seized the initiative against Kyiv’s depleted forces.


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