Sec. Blinken Makes Surprise Visit To Ukraine

May 14, 2024

We’re determined, along with many other partners for Ukraine, to make sure you succeed on the battlefield.

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday.

Why It Matters: The nation’s top diplomat, Sec. Blinken, arrived in Ukraine’s capitol, Kyiv, on Tuesday. His visit – not previously announced – marks the first visit by a top Biden administration official since the U.S. passed a $61 billion military aid package to support Ukraine. The U.S. State Dept. explained Sec. Blinken’s visit is intended to highlight the United States’ enduring support for Ukraine.His visit also comes as Russian forces appear to be advancing closer to Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city.

Read More: Ukraine war: Blinken visits Kyiv as Russia ramps up military offensive (USA Today)

On Surprise Visit to Ukraine, Blinken Reassures Zelensky of U.S. Support (The New York Times)

Blinken in Kyiv tries to rally sagging Ukrainian spirits as Russia makes new military gains (The Associated Press)

Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Ukraine (U.S. Department of State)

Photo Credit: Secretary Blinken via X, formerly known as Twitter

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas