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Day 60: US leaders on first wartime visit to Kiev with arms pledges
First published 24 April 2022 on PressTV
The US military chief will visit Kiev to discuss ways to continue offering more weapons and other support to Ukraine’s military, as other NATO countries support continues.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Kiev on Sunday to discuss Ukraine’s call for more powerful weapons.
Zelensky gave little detail about logistics of the encounter but said he expected concrete results. Speaking at a news conference held in an underground subway station in the Ukrainian capital on Saturday, Zelensky said, “We are expecting specific things and specific weapons.”
“As soon as we have [more weapons], as soon as there are enough of them, believe me, we will immediately retake this or that territory, which is temporarily occupied,” Zelensky said.
The visit would be the highest-level by US officials since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The White House declined to comment.
Biden, who has previously suggested he wants to go to Ukraine, said earlier this month that he was working with his team to determine whether he should dispatch a senior member of his administration to the country.
The trip by the US military chief comes prior to his visit to Germany next week for a planned summit of 40 NATO and allied nations to discuss ways to continue offering more weapons and other support to Ukraine’s military.
Russia has informed the US and its allies that any weapons shipment to Kiev would be targeted for destruction. It further sent a diplomatic note to Washington, warning of “unpredictable consequences” if the deliveries continued.