Blinken announces $2 bln in Ukraine military aid in Kyiv

AFP , Wednesday 15 May 2024

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced in Kyiv on Wednesday the release of a further $2 billion in military aid for Ukrainian forces holding back Russian onslaughts across the front line.

Antony Blinken with Dmytro Kuleba
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba give a joint press conference, in Kyiv on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Blinken sought to reassure Ukraine of continuing American support, announcing a $2 billion arms deal. Most of the money comes from a package approved last month. AP


The aid, which was announced at a press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, is part of a $61 billion package that Washington approved several weeks ago following months of delays in Congress.

Blinken said the purpose of the aid was "to provide weapons today" as well as invest in Ukrainian infrastructure and help Ukraine purchase military equipment from other countries.

Kuleba meanwhile repeated that Ukraine "urgently" needs seven more air defense systems and said the northeastern region of Kharkiv, which came under Russian attack last week, needs two systems.

He also said Ukraine needed faster deliveries of weapons promised by allied countries.

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