Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense of the United States to Ukraine
Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left), US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (right) and Ukrainian President Zelensky. (Photo: AP)
This is the first meeting between the President Ukraine Zelensky with American officials since the incident Russia-Ukraine conflict at the end of February.
An adviser to the President of Ukraine, Oleksiy Arestovych, confirmed the meeting and reiterated his call for the US to provide arms aid to Ukraine.
Secretary of State Blinken and Secretary of Defense Austin have committed more than $700 million in new military aid through direct and indirect means to Ukraine, of which about $300 million is to help the Eastern European nation. This purchases the necessary weapons.
The aid will also be used to support Ukraine’s regional allies after they have sent weapons to the neighboring country. Thus, the total amount of US security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict is now 3.7 billion USD.
It is expected that on April 25, US President Joe Biden will officially appoint the current US Ambassador to Slovakia, Bridget Brink, as US Ambassador to Ukraine, a position that has been vacant since 2019.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin during a news conference on April 25 in Poland, near the border with Ukraine. (Photo: AP)
The United States is currently the leading sponsor of finance and weapons for Ukraine, and imposes many Sanctions against Russia after Moscow launched a special military operation in Ukraine, but has not yet sent any high-ranking officials to Kiev, while many European leaders have come to this Eastern European country to show support for the country. with Ukraine.
On the same day, Mr. Arestovych proposed to conduct a special round of negotiations with Russia to discuss the establishment of an immediate ceasefire in Mariupol, humanitarian corridors and the exchange of prisoners.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has called for “immediate and unhindered” humanitarian access to the evacuation of people from the city of Mariupol. The ICRC added that it is ready to help the parties to the conflict reach a workable agreement to ensure the evacuation, and to send teams to assist as soon as the agreement is agreed.
Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk on April 23 said that the Ukrainian authorities are planning to evacuate women, children and the elderly from the city of Mariupol.
Both Russia and Ukraine have opened humanitarian corridors to evacuate people since the conflict broke out in February.
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