NEAR THE POLISH-UKRAINIAN BORDER – The United States is providing new military assistance to Ukraine and renewing a diplomatic advance in the war-torn nation, while President Joe Biden’s Secretary of State and Pentagon chief make a secret trip to Kiev.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin briefed the President of Ukraine on a package of more than $ 300 million in foreign military funding and a sale of $ 165 million worth of ammunition.
They also said that President Joe Biden would announce his election as a US ambassador to Ukraine and that US diplomats who left ahead of Russia’s invasion in February would begin returning to the country next week.
Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy said he planned to meet with US officials in Kiev on Sunday, but the Biden administration refused to confirm it or discuss details of a possible visit.
It was the highest U.S. visit to the capital since Russia invaded in late February.
Austin and Blinken announced a total of $ 713 million in foreign military funding to Ukraine and 15 allies and partner countries. About $ 322 million is earmarked for Kiev.
Officials say the rest will be shared between NATO members and other nations that have provided Ukraine with critical military supplies since the war with Russia began.
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