U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman arrived in Kyiv and met with President Zelenskyy’s Chief-of-Staff Andriy Yermak, Zelenskyy’s office said in a message on its website on Jan. 16.
Besides Yermak, the meeting was attended by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink, head of Ukraine’s energy operator Ukrenergo Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, and senior military leadership.
Yermak briefed Sherman on the situation on the battlefield and Ukraine in general, and thanked the United States for its continued assistance.
“Ukrainians will never forget the assistance and support provided to us by the United States, the American people, the government, President (Joe Biden), and the Congress,” Yermak said.
Ukrainian military commanders, in turn, outlined equipment needs they hope will be addressed in future U.S. military aid packages. In particular, the U.S. delegation was briefed on Ukraine’s air defense effectiveness against the Jan. 14 Russian air strikes.
Participants also discussed the efforts to restore Ukraine’s power grid and generation capacity in the face of continued Russian attacks.
“We are committed to openness and transparency of all information, because now we feel that when we are together in this battle, when the United States is with us – it is very important and brings victory closer,” Yermak added.
Sherman also had a meeting with Ukrainian PM Denys Shmyhal, largely focused on U.S. economic assistance to Kyiv and the ways of helping Ukraine repair its energy sector.
On Jan. 6, the United States announced another $3 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, including the transfer of 50 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles, 18 M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzers, and RIM-7 Sea Sparrow guided missiles.