Tuesday April 26, 2022

Russia Failed in Achieving Its Targets in Ukraine: Blinken

After making a visit to Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters Russia is “failing” in its war aims in the country.

Blinken’s comments came after he traveled to Kyiv with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. The two men spoke to reporters Monday in Poland after crossing the border from Ukraine. In Kyiv, they met with Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy and other officials for about three hours.

The trip by Blinken and Austin was the highest-level visit to Kyiv since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February. The two officials announced the U.S. had promised Zelenskyy more than $300 million in additional foreign military aid and about $165 million in ammunition.

The latest aid brings the total amount of American military assistance to Ukraine to $3.7 billion since the invasion began.

About the meeting with Zelenskyy, Austin told reporters, “He has the mindset that they want to win, and we have the mindset that we want to help them win.”

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