Yesterday US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin held talks with President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiyv on Vladimir Putin’s barbaric invasion of Ukraine.
They travelled via train from Poland to speak face to face in a sign of solidarity with the Ukrainian government.
Mr Blinken pledged to further increase America’s support for Ukraine to combat Russia’s attacks, including an extra £560million in defensive aid.
“We certainly saw people on the streets of Kyiv, evidence of the fact that the battle for Kyiv was won,” Mr Blinken told a news briefing.
“But that’s in stark contrast to what’s going on in other parts of Ukraine, in the south and the east, where the Russian brutality is just horrific.”
No10 today praised the US for increasing its support to Ukraine, pointing out that it had been Britain who first stepped in to help Kiyv prepare for war following Putin’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “I think it is welcome that this democratic coalition of countries supporting Ukraine continues to broaden and deepen.
“We see that most clearly from the United States who are providing a huge amount of support alongside the UK.
“Obviously we have been at the forefront of this work going back many years.
“There’s been operational orbital training – providing training to the Ukrainian armed forces – and of course one of the first countries to provide defensive lethal aid. We will keep going further with our allies.”
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