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Meeting with President Zelensky, US officials pledged to provide more weapons to Ukraine

Accordingly, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Washington is committed to providing an additional $713 million in aid to Zelensky’s government and other countries in the region.

Of this, about 322 million USD is earmarked for Kiev, the rest goes to NATO members and countries have provided arms to Ukraine since the outbreak of the conflict.

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin traveled to Ukraine to meet President Zelensky. (Photo: Reuters)

Since Russia attacked Ukraine (February 24), US military assistance to Ukraine has reached $3.7 billion.

Also during the visit, the US side said that President Joe Biden would soon announce a nominee to be the ambassador to Ukraine and that US diplomats who had left Ukraine before the war would begin returning home next week. The US Embassy in Kiev will remain closed at this time.

Accordingly, Mr. Biden is expected to announce the nomination of veteran diplomat Bridget Brink as the next US ambassador to Ukraine. Mr. Brink has held many positions at US diplomatic missions in Eastern Europe.

Earlier, European countries, including the UK, announced that they would reopen their embassies in Kiev.

US diplomats leave the embassy in Kiev nearly two weeks before Russia begins its military operation on February 24. Some of the parts were transferred to the city of Lviv in western Ukraine before going to Poland.

Before the meeting with Blinken and Austin, President Zelensky said he was seeking help from the United States to change the outcome on the ground, both in terms of weapons and ensuring the security of Ukraine.

“You cannot come to us today empty-handed. We are not only expecting gifts or confectionery, Ukraine is expecting concrete commitments and specific weapons.” Mr. Zelensky said.

The visit to the US official comes as Ukraine presses the West to help buy heavy weapons against the Russian military’s campaign in the Donbass region (eastern Ukraine). President Zelensky has repeatedly stressed that his country needs more heavy weapons, including long-range air defense systems and fighter jets.

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