US prime diplomat Blinken visits Ukraine, to announce new navy financing

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks throughout an occasion with African diaspora youth and Bureau of Instructional and Cultural Affairs trade alumni at a restaurant in Washington, DC, U.S. August 15, 2022. Mandel Ngan / Pool through REUTERS

By Simon Lewis

RZESZOW, Poland (Reuters) -U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Ukraine on Thursday and can announce $2 billion in new international navy financing to Ukraine and 18 different international locations liable to future Russian aggression, State Division officers mentioned.

Blinken’s go to comes as Ukraine reported constructive progress in its effort to retake territory seized by Russia close to Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis Kharkiv.

A State Division official, who didn’t specify the opposite international locations or how a lot would go to Ukraine, mentioned the Biden administration was notifying the U.S. Congress of its intent to make the funding accessible for long-term investments.

The most recent bulletins of navy help brings the overall U.S. safety help to Ukraine to $15.2 billion since President Joe Biden took workplace in January 2021, the official mentioned.

Biden additionally accredited a separate $675 million in weapons to Ukraine, Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin introduced earlier on Thursday as ministers met in Germany to debate how you can proceed supporting Ukraine long-term in countering Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion.

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