Blinken, Austin to visit Ukraine on Sunday, says Zelenskyy

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Foreign Minister Antony Blinken and Defense Minister Lloyd Austin travel to Ukraine to discuss arms support, President Zelenskyy announced on Saturday.

During a rare press conference, Zelenskyy said senior U.S. officials will meet with him Sunday to discuss Russia’s increased aggression and further support that the United States may provide.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a press conference on Saturday, April 23, 2022.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a press conference on Saturday, April 23, 2022.
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“We will talk about the list of weapons we need and the pace of their supply. In recent weeks, the pace, the number – everything has improved. I’m grateful for that,” he said. said.

Fox News could not immediately reach out to the State Department to confirm the trip or what will be discussed.

The United States has provided over $ 4 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since August 2021 – $ 3.4 billion, of which has been allocated since the invasion of Russian President Vladimir Putin in February.

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President Biden announced this week that an additional $ 800 million in security assistance would be provided and strategically tailored to help fight Russia’s second campaign in the eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk.

Not only did the United States allocate an additional 72 howitzers, long-range weapons equivalent to a cannon, tactical vehicles to tow the howitzers, field equipment, and spare parts, but the U.S. Air Force developed over 120 “Phoenix Ghost” drones specifically designed for Ukrainian needs.

A Ukrainian multiple rocket launcher BM-21 "Degree" on Sunday shelled a Russian troop post near Luhansk in the Donbas region.

A Ukrainian multiple rocket launcher BM-21 “Grad” on Sunday shelled a Russian troop position near Luhansk in the Donbas region.
(Photo by ANATOLII STEPANOV / AFP via Getty Images)

A senior defense official said the drone will have the same characteristics as a Switchblade drone – which can be easily carried and fired by an individual soldier and detonates after crashing into its target – but the full range of its capabilities remains unknown.

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The package, announced Thursday, is the eighth withdrawal since August from the Defense Ministry’s inventories for Ukraine.

Officials have warned that the war in eastern Ukraine will be heavily dependent on modern artillery.

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