Blinken visits Kyiv and makes clear the Biden administration is working to support Ukraine for the long haul
In a visit to Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken demonstrated US commitment to supporting Ukraine over the long term. During the visit, Blinken presented the US’ strong partnership with Ukraine and its assistance in the country’s efforts to resist Russian aggression. He and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy discussed ways to advance Ukraine’s democratic and economic reforms. Blinken reaffirmed that the United States would continue to work towards Ukraine’s progress, prosperity, security and sovereignty. He also urged Ukraine to stay the course on reforms and proceed with local and national elections. During his visit, Blinken announced $125 million in additional US assistance to Ukraine, including funds for training and equipping the country’s military, as well as economic and technical financing. This is on top of the $1.5 billion tranche of assistance already approved by Congress in 2021. Through his visit, Blinken made it clear that the Biden administration is dedicated to supporting Ukraine for the long haul, backing the country up with assistance for security and reform, from military training and equipping to the strengthening of democratic principles.