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US Secretary of State Blinken reaffirms support for Ukraine amid Russian advances

US Secretary of State Blinken reaffirms support for Ukraine amid Russian advances
By Yagiz Efe Parmaksiz
May 14, 2024 10:34 PM

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledges unwavering support for Ukraine following the approval of a $61 billion financial aid package by Congress

In Kyiv, Russian forces claimed to have made more inroads in the northeastern Kharkiv area, prompting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to pledge unflinching support for Ukraine. Blinken’s pledge comes after the US Congress recently approved a $61 billion financial aid package for Ukraine with the goal of strengthening its defense capabilities.

Blinken gave Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky the assurance that further support is on the way and that the promised aid is already on its way during his visit to Kyiv. He underlined how important this assistance is in halting the continued Russian attack.

“Today, we are here with you. And until Ukraine’s security, sovereignty, and freedom to follow its own course are ensured, we will stand by your side,” Blinken declared in a speech.

Zelensky thanked for the assistance but emphasized how urgently it needed to be delivered, pointing out that faster supplies were desperately needed, especially to deal with Ukraine’s air defense issues. In particular, Putin asked for two Patriot batteries for the Kharkiv area, which has served as a center of Russian military activity.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Blinken has made four trips to Kyiv. His discussions with representatives of the Ukrainian government, such as Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, emphasized the two countries’ ongoing support in the face of rising hostilities.

Meanwhile, there have been forced mass evacuations and civilian fatalities as a result of Russia’s ground invasion in the Kharkiv region. Russian strikes in the area resulted in casualties, including elderly citizens, according to Ukrainian authorities.

Zelensky acknowledged Russian gains but insisted that Ukrainian soldiers are aggressively waging retaliation. Officials from Ukraine, however, voiced worries about the notable rise in Russian force concentrations in the Kharkiv area.

Due to the ongoing military drills by both sides, the situation is still tense. Russian bombardment of border communities was recounted by Ukrainian officials, who emphasized the indiscriminate character of the strikes.

The world community keeps a careful eye on the conflict’s developments, and prominent figures like French President Emmanuel Macron denounce the violence’s increase. On the other hand, the Russian Ministry of Defense continues to prioritize achieving military goals with the least amount of casualties.

Ukraine is preparing for further conflicts, therefore the assistance of friends like the US is more important than ever in maintaining the nation’s security and sovereignty in the face of growing difficulties on the battlefield.

Source: AFP

Last Updated:  Jun 3, 2024 5:01 PM