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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken worked on board the train on its way to Kyiv. Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 14.05.2024 05:29:34

Policy: Blinken’s journey was not publicly announced in advance. He arrived in Kyiv early Tuesday morning by train from Poland.

– The goal is to send a strong signal to reassure the Ukrainians, who are currently in a very difficult situation, says an American official to journalists who are with Blinken on the trip.

– The Foreign Minister’s role here is to talk about how our new aid will be implemented to help Ukraine strengthen its defense and enable the country to gain greater advantages on the battlefield, the official continues.

The Congress in the USA had been arguing for several months about the preparation of a military support package for Ukraine. On April 24, President Joe Biden was finally able to put his signature on the aid package.

Artillery, long-range missiles known as ATACMS, and anti-aircraft equipment are now being delivered to Ukrainian forces, according to the official.

During the visit, Blinken will assure Ukrainian leaders, including President Volodymyr Zelenskyj, of continued American support, and he will give a speech on Ukraine’s future, the official says.

Tuesday’s visit is Blinken’s fourth to Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion in February 2022.

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