“We want to make sure that Ukraine has what it needs, not only to succeed in the counteroffensive but has what it needs for the long-term, to make sure that it has a strong deterrent.”
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken – the country's top diplomat – during an unannounced visit to Kyiv, Ukraine on Wednesday. This is his fourth trip to Ukraine since the start of the war.
sep 6, 2023
Why It Matters: Blinked arrived in Kyiv on Wednesday just hours after Russia launched a missile attack on the capital city. His trip, which was not made public prior to him arriving, is "intended to show confidence in Kyiv’s forces amid a grinding counteroffensive," according to The Associated Press. (Ukraine's counteroffensive is the attempt to recapture territory occupied by Russia.) The U.S. has provided around $60 billion in aid to Ukraine since the war began in February 2022.