Officials: US top diplomat Blinken visits Ukraine, to announce new military financing

Officials: US top diplomat Blinken visits Ukraine, to announce new military financing

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a meeting with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines, August 6, 2022. — Ezra Acayan/Pool pic via Reuters

Thursday, 08 Sep 2022 6:51 PM MYT

RZESZOW (Poland), Sept 8 — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Ukraine today and will announce US$2 billion (RM9 billion) in new foreign military financing to Ukraine and 18 other countries at risk of future Russian aggression, State Department officials said.

Blinken’s visit comes as Ukraine reported positive progress in its effort to retake territory seized by Russia near Ukraine’s second-largest city Kharkiv.

A State Department official, who did not specify the other countries or how much would go to Ukraine, said the Biden administration was notifying the US Congress of its intent to make the funding available for long-term investments.

The latest announcements of military aid brings the total US security assistance to Ukraine to US$15.2 billion since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021, the official said.

Biden also approved a separate US$675 million in weapons to Ukraine, Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin announced earlier on Thursday as ministers met in Germany to discuss how to continue supporting Ukraine long-term in countering Russia’s February 24 invasion. — Reuters