Blinken and Austin in Kyiv for Talks

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin flew to Ukraine for a wartime meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday.

During the meeting, Secretary Blinken revealed that US President Joe Biden selected Bridget Brink, who is now the US Ambassador to Slovakia, to be the next US Ambassador to Ukraine to oversee the US diplomatic operation in Ukraine. 

Blinken and Austin also met with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, Head of Presidential Administration Andriy Yermak, Chief of Defense General Valeriy Zaluzhny, and Ambassador Oksana Markarova.

It was also revealed that the US plans to provide $713 million in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) to Ukraine and 15 other Allied and partner countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkan region, which will assist NATO allies with “backfilling capabilities” from their own stockpiles that they have contributed to Ukraine.

According to the US Department of State, the US government gave around $3.7 billion in security aid to Ukraine since the beginning of Russia’s invasion and has provided more than $4.3 billion since the Biden Administration began.

Blinken also announced that US officials will be returning to Ukraine this week, and said that “This action will strengthen the Department’s ongoing commitment to facilitate humanitarian relief efforts and the delivery of assistance to the Government of Ukraine, while providing enhanced support to U.S. citizens.”


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