“We felt it was an important moment to be there — in person — a chance to have face to face conversations.”
U.S. Sec. of Defense Lloyd Austin confirming his trip to Kyiv with Sec. of State Blinken.
apr 25, 2022
- Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met with Ukrainian President Zelensky and his advisors in Kyiv, Ukraine.
- They announced that the U.S. will provide more than $300 million in foreign military financing and has approved a $165 million sale of ammunition. Other American diplomats, who haven't been to Ukraine since the war started, will begin returning to the country sometime this week. Meanwhile, President Biden also announced his nominee for the new U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
- The U.S. aid is included in a larger package of foreign military financing provided by NATO members and allies.
- Something to Consider: The U.S. has provided Ukraine with $3.7 billion in military assistance since Russia's invasion. The latest U.S. financing package is unique, however; rather than only a donation taken from U.S. Defense Department stockpiles, the package includes cash that can be used to purchase supplies as needed. Sec. Austin also mentioned additional training of Ukrainian military members.
- Why It Matters: The trip marks the highest-level American visit to Ukraine since Russia's invasion and shows increased U.S. efforts to demonstrate its support for Ukraine.
In Kyiv, Blinken and Austin announce aid, diplomatic surge (Associated Press)
Blinken, Austin pledge return of U.S. diplomats, more security assistance on Kyiv visit (Reuters)
Readout from State Dept - Good information here