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U.S. Secretary of State Blinken makes surprise visit to Ukraine amid escalating conflict

14.05.2024 10:00
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Ukraine today, amidst ongoing Russian military advances in the Kharkiv region.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Photo: EPA/ANDRES MARTINEZ CASARES

This visit coincides with the U.S. Congress's recent approval of a substantial USD 61 billion aid package for Ukraine.

During his stay, Blinken is slated to deliver a key speech in Kyiv, where he will address the details of the newly passed aid package.

Despite the critical support, top Ukrainian officials have expressed concerns that the assistance may have arrived too late as Russian forces continue their aggressive push into the Kharkiv region, in an offensive that brought most significant advances since Ukraine regained Kharkiv in summer 2022.

Blinken's trip is seen as a pivotal gesture of solidarity, aimed at reinforcing U.S. commitment to Ukraine. Amid Ukrainian setbacks on the battlefield, Blinken intends to send a "strong signal of reassurance to the Ukrainians," a U.S. official was quoted as saying by CNN.

This development follows President Joe Biden's authorization of a USD 95 billion foreign aid package, nearly USD 61 billion of which is allocated directly to Ukraine. This funding is part of a concerted effort by the White House to bolster support within a House GOP conference that has shown increasing resistance to overseas financial aid.

As tensions escalate, the situation on the ground remains dire, with reports from the BBC citing Ukrainian soldiers stating that Moscow’s forces have also entered the city of Vovchansk. Concurrently, thousands of civilians have been displaced, fleeing towards Kharkiv as the conflict intensifies in their regions.


Source: IAR, CNN, BBC