The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Kyiv on Wednesday and said his visit to Kyiv demonstrates ongoing and determined support for Ukraine.
Blinken said the United States wants to ensure Ukraine has everything they need to succeed in the counteroffensive.
Prior to starting talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba in Kyiv he said, “Every time I’m here, I’m struck by the extraordinary bravery and resilience of the Ukrainian people, Ukrainian forces, Ukraine’s leadership.”
Blinken said that he came to Ukraine primarily to demonstrate “ongoing and determined support” from the US to Ukraine over Russia’s aggression.
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The Kremlin voiced their thoughts about the visit, the spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, “We have heard repeated statements that they intend to continue to help Kyiv for as long as it takes.
In other words, they are going to continue to support Ukraine in a state of war and to wage this war to the last Ukrainian, sparing no money for this.
He added, “It’s not going to affect the course of the special military operation.”
The US Secretary of State said, “We’ve seen good progress on the counteroffensive.
“We want to make sure that Ukraine has what it needs not only to succeed in the counteroffensive but has what it needs it for the long term to make sure that it has a strong deterrent, strong defense capacity so that, in the future, aggressions like this don’t happen again.”
He said that the US are determined to continue working with partners to restore a strong economy, strong democracy, “to ensure that Ukraine not only survives, but it thrives in the future.”
Blinken added, “And in that, Ukraine has a strong partner in the United States. For me, it’s always a special pleasure to be with, again, not only my colleague, but my friend, Dmytro Kuleba.”
The Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba said he “looks forward to a productive, result-oriented conversation with Blinken.