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Secretary of State Anthony Blinken met Thursday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in an unannounced visit to the European country and announced new aid worth nearly $3 billion.
Blinken informed Zelensky of two new aid packages, one worth 675 million for arms, ammunition, and defense equipment.
Blinken also explained that today the US Congress was notified of the intention to make available an additional $2.2 billion in long-term investments to strengthen the security of Ukraine and 18 of its neighbors.
These announcements, the State Department explains, will bring total U.S. military assistance to Ukraine to approximately $15.2 billion since the beginning of Joe Biden’s presidency.
The visit by the senior U.S. official coincides with a meeting in Ramstein, the largest U.S. base outside its territory, of senior ministers and military officials from some 50 countries, including Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is also taking part in the meeting, which is aimed at assessing the possibilities of extending military assistance to Kyiv.
The visit also coincides with the counteroffensive launched these days by the Ukrainian Army against Russian troops on the southern and eastern fronts of the country, in which, according to the Kyiv government, they have managed to recover several towns.