Blinken Pledges $1B More In Aide For Ukraine

During his visit to Kyiv on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken promised an additional $1 billion in support to Ukraine, emphasizing the U.S.’ commitment to stand “hand-in-hand” with Ukraine amidst its conflict with Russia.

In his conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Blinken relayed, “The U.S. stands unwaveringly beside Ukraine.” He said, “President Biden dispatched me here to strongly reiterate our backing in response to the counteroffensive and our future endeavors to aid Ukraine in creating a formidable force.

We aim not only to deter and protect against potential threats but also to collaborate with you in fortifying your democracy and rejuvenating your economy.”

Of the promised funds, $175 million will be directed towards military aid, $100 million for future military necessities, $206 million for humanitarian relief, and $300 million to bolster “law enforcement activities in recently liberated regions,” according to Blinken.

Previously, the U.S. had committed $520 million to restore Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. Whether this amount is part of the $1 billion Blinken announced remains ambiguous.

After discussing with the Ukrainian foreign minister, Blinken stated, “The U.S. remains devoted to enabling Ukraine to shape its destiny. Amidst President Putin’s relentless warfare, our alliance with Ukraine has intensified and continues to intensify. We will persistently support Ukraine.”
Furthermore, Blinken expressed strong sentiments about the ongoing conflict, declaring that it’s a battle “we are resolved to prevail in.”

He noted, “The journey ahead might be challenging, but we are committed to winning this battle, not just for Ukraine but for any nation under the shadow of intimidation or potential adversaries, and for all who envision a secure and peaceful tomorrow.”

Blinken’s journey has dual objectives – to consolidate American backing for Ukraine and to seek congressional endorsement for an additional $24 billion. If approved, the total U.S. aid to Ukraine could touch $135 billion by year-end.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba emphasized that the assistance from the U.S. isn’t merely altruistic. He stated, “The aid, whether military, financial, or other forms, isn’t charitable. It’s an investment in global security, especially in the Euro-Atlantic region. Ukraine is a bulwark against Russia’s attempts at imposing its will globally.

We aren’t risking American lives. We use the weaponry provided by our allies in our battles. We haven’t sought U.S. military deployment in Ukraine, nor will we. However, our plea is for continued support, recognizing Ukraine’s role in the broader global narrative.”