U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken makes unannounced trip to Kyiv, Ukraine

September 6, 2023
Skyline of Kyiv, Ukraine

We want to make sure that Ukraine has what it needs, not only to succeed in the counteroffensive but has what it needs for the long-term, to make sure that it has a strong deterrent.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken – the country’s top diplomat – during an unannounced visit to Kyiv, Ukraine on Wednesday. This is his fourth trip to Ukraine since the start of the war.

Why It Matters: Blinked arrived in Kyiv on Wednesday just hours after Russia launched a missile attack on the capital city. His trip, which was not made public prior to him arriving, is "intended to show confidence in Kyiv’s forces amid a grinding counteroffensive," according to The Associated Press. (Ukraine's counteroffensive is the attempt to recapture territory occupied by Russia.) The U.S. has provided around $60 billion in aid to Ukraine since the war began in February 2022.

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