Blinken: Russia is ‘failing’ and ‘Ukraine is succeeding’

Blinken: Russia is ‘failing’ and ‘Ukraine is succeeding’

More aid to Ukraine Blinken and Austin discussed the Biden administration’s intention to provide $713 million in additional foreign military financing to Ukraine and allied European and Balkan partners, according to the senior State Department official and a senior Defense Department official.

US President Joe Biden on Monday announced that he will nominate Bridget Brink as US ambassador to Ukraine. The post has been without a confirmed ambassador since Marie Yovanovitch was recalled in May 2019. Brink is the current US ambassador to Slovakia.

Blinken and Austin’s visit came as the first tranche of about 50 Ukrainians will complete artillery training in a country outside Ukraine, the defence official said. Another tranche of about 50 Ukrainians will also begin training soon, a defence official said.

Zelensky’s office issued a readout of the meeting on Monday, stressing the importance of the US officials’ visit and saying the country “counts on the support of our partners.”

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