U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sept. 8 made an unannounced visit to the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv bearing good news of fresh military aid for the country.
As reported by the Associated Press news agency, in meetings with senior Ukrainian officials, Blinken said the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden had notified the U.S. Congress of its intent to provide $2 billion in long-term Foreign Military Financing to Ukraine and to 18 of its neighbors.
The countries gaining support include not only NATO members but regional security partners that are “most potentially at risk for future Russian aggression,” AP reported.
Thursday’s contributions bring total U.S. aid to Ukraine to $15.2 billion since President Biden took office, AP reported.
Before meeting with Ukrainian officials, Blinken was photographed visiting the Ohmatdyt National Specialized Children’s Hospital, where he met with children injured by Russian shelling.
After that, Blinken went to a meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
This is the second visit of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion.
On April 25, he and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in Kyiv to meet, in particular, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Today’s visit by Blinken coincided with the fifth multilateral meeting at the U.S. Ramstein Air Force base in Germany, during which Austin announced that the United States would provide Ukraine with another $675 million in military aid.