US high diplomat Blinken visits Ukraine, to announce new army financing

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks throughout an occasion with African diaspora youth and Bureau of Academic and Cultural Affairs alternate alumni at a restaurant in Washington, DC, U.S. August 15, 2022. Mandel Ngan / Pool by way of REUTERS

By Simon Lewis

RZESZOW, Poland (Reuters) -U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Ukraine on Thursday and can announce $2 billion in new overseas army financing to Ukraine and 18 different nations prone to future Russian aggression, State Division officers mentioned.

Blinken’s go to comes as Ukraine reported constructive progress in its effort to retake territory seized by Russia close to Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis Kharkiv.

A State Division official, who didn’t specify the opposite nations or how a lot would go to Ukraine, mentioned the Biden administration was notifying the U.S. Congress of its intent to make the funding accessible for long-term investments.

The most recent bulletins of army assist brings the entire U.S. safety help to Ukraine to $15.2 billion since President Joe Biden took workplace in January 2021, the official mentioned.

Biden additionally authorised a separate $675 million in weapons to Ukraine, Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin introduced earlier on Thursday as ministers met in Germany to debate methods to proceed supporting Ukraine long-term in countering Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion.

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