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Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Ukraine

Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Ukraine
Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Ukraine

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken visited Kyiv on September 6, where he met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba to underscore unwavering U.S. support for Ukraine’s defense of its sovereign territory and the people of Ukraine against Russia’s ongoing aggression.  Secretary Blinken also discussed additional U.S. assistance and encouraged continued progress on Ukraine’s reform agenda, including combatting corruption and safeguarding the autonomy and integrity of Ukraine’s anti-corruption authorities and courts.

Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the United States has provided $43.2 billion in security assistance, $2.9 billion in humanitarian assistance, and $20.5 billion in budget support through World Bank mechanisms.

In Kyiv, Secretary Blinken announced that the United States would also provide:

  • An additional drawdown of up to $175 million from DoD stocks that will be provided under drawdowns previously directed for Ukraine. Capabilities in this security assistance includes air defense system components, Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems for HIMARS, munitions, ammunition, and communications systems;
  • $100 million in Foreign Military Financing to support longer-term military requirements;
  • $90.5 million in humanitarian demining assistance;
  • $300 million to support law enforcement efforts to restore and maintain law and order in liberated areas, including cities and towns facing continuous shelling by Russia;
  • $206 million in humanitarian assistance to provide critical support including food, water, and shelter to those in Ukraine and those forced to flee to neighboring countries.
  • $5.4 million in forfeited oligarch assets to support veteran reintegration and rehabilitation;
  • And, $203 million for support to transparency and accountability of institutions, bolstering key reform efforts related to anti-corruption, rule of law and the justice sector; and to build capacity to investigate and prosecute war crimes committed by Russia.  This assistance will also support digitalization of recovery and reconstruction efforts by improving and ensuring the transparent procurement of infrastructure projects; health-governance to support the restoration of lifesaving services to enable economic recovery in Ukraine, strengthening public financial management practices to meet international standards.

Official news published at https://www.state.gov/secretary-blinkens-travel-to-ukraine-2/