Blinken announces US diplomats will return to Ukraine, Biden will tap new ambassador

25 April, 12:16 PM
Lloyd Austin, Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Antony Blinken (Photo:Office of the President of Ukraine)

Lloyd Austin, Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Antony Blinken (Photo:Office of the President of Ukraine)

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during an unannounced trip to the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv on April 24 that U.S. diplomats would return to Ukraine this week, U.S. cable news channel CNN reported on April 25, with reference to a senior State Department official.

In the Ukrainian capital, Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. They are the highest-level U.S. officials to have traveled to the country since the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine began in late February.

Blinken and Austin also met with Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov and Interior Minister Denys Monastrysky for an extended, roughly 90-minute bilateral meeting.

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Blinken also relayed that U.S. President Joe Biden would nominate Bridget Brink as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, according to the senior State Department official.

Blinken and Austin also discussed the Biden administration's intention to provide $713 million in additional foreign military aid to help Ukraine transition to NATO-capable systems, as well as deliveries of recent U.S. military assistance to Ukraine and the ongoing training of Ukrainian soldiers.

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