Blinken says Ukraine has made ‘vital progress’ in counteroffensive By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks throughout a information convention after the U.S.-Mexico Excessive-Stage Financial Dialogue, in Mexico Metropolis, Mexico September 12, 2022. REUTERS/Raquel Cunha/Pool

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned on Monday that it was nonetheless early days in Ukraine’s counteroffensive in opposition to the Russian army, however Ukrainian forces have made “vital progress.”

Blinken, in Mexico for financial talks, was requested for his evaluation of current developments in Ukraine.

Ukrainian troops have recaptured dozens of cities in current days, after Moscow deserted its predominant bastion in northeastern Ukraine on Saturday marking its worst defeat for the reason that early days of the conflict.

“What they’ve accomplished could be very methodically deliberate out and naturally it is benefited from vital help from america and plenty of different international locations when it comes to ensuring that Ukraine has in its palms the gear it must prosecute this counteroffensive,” Blinken mentioned throughout a information convention in Mexico Metropolis.

Blinken mentioned the Ukraine battle was prone to proceed for a while as Russia nonetheless has very vital forces and arms in Ukraine that it was nonetheless utilizing “indiscriminately” in opposition to civilians and civilian infrastructure.

“Russia dedicated this aggression. I feel given the worth that it is paying, it may possibly and will cease it,” he mentioned.

Blinken additionally mentioned Iran’s response to a European Union proposal on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal makes the prospects for an settlement within the close to time period unlikely.

“I can not offer you a timeline besides to say, once more, that Iran appears both unwilling or unable to do what is critical to succeed in an settlement.”

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