Blinken Reassures Zelenskiy of United States Support

( – Anthoney Blinken, United States Secretary of State, pledged to stand by Ukraine until its security is gained amid the invasions from Russia. Blinken is the first U.S. official to visit Kyiv after the sixty-billion-dollar aid was sent to Ukraine from the United States.
This aid was delayed for months as the details were being decided, but during this time Russia gained a heavy advantage as they continued to push inward. The Secretary of State recognized that the delay caused Ukraine to stop, but that the United States is on their side because “Americans know that Russia will not stop in Ukraine.”
Blinken said, “Putin is ramping up yet another offensive against Ukraine in Kharkiv and across the east, sending wave after wave of Russian soldiers, Iranian drones, North Korean artillery, and tanks, missiles, and fighter jets built with machines and parts supplied by China.”
“We are with you today. And we will stay by your side until Ukraine’s security, sovereignty, its ability to choose its path is guaranteed,” he continued.
This visit was unannounced and it came not long after Russia’s intense invasion of Kharkiv, which opened up a new front that Ukraine would have to protect.
Blinken continued to express support and reassure President Zelenskiy that the United States’ aid and support would be steady following the delay with the current aid package. U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that they were trying to speed up the “tempo of the deliveries” to Ukraine. Sullivan continued, “The delay put Ukraine in a hole and we’re trying to help them dig out of that hole as rapidly as possible.”
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