- Antony Blinken unveiled more than $1 billion in new aid during a visit to Kyiv on Wednesday.
- The US has given that country nearly $40 billion in security aid.
- Ukraine is deterring Russian aggression without endangering American lives, Kuleba defended the aid.
As part of a package designed to help Ukraine’s counteroffensive “build momentum,” top US ambassador Antony Blinken unveiled more than $1 billion in new aid during a visit to Kyiv on Wednesday.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine last year, the US has given that country nearly $40 billion in security aid, including arms that Kyiv claims are essential for repelling Russian soldiers.
In collaboration with his colleague Dmytro Kuleba of Ukraine, US Secretary of State Blinken announced new aid at over $1 billion. 665.5 million dollars are allocated for military and civilian security assistance as part of the assistance.
As a result of the Black Sea grain export agreement’s failure in July, which put ships in danger, the US is also collaborating with Ukraine to discover alternate routes for its grain supplies.
Following the formation of assault battalions and the storage of Western weapons, Ukraine started a counteroffensive against Russian forces in June.
Asserting that the US aid is not given out of a sense of altruism and that Ukraine is deterring Russian aggression without endangering American lives, Kuleba defended the aid.
The additional support will assist in maintaining the counteroffensive and “build further momentum.” Kuleba expressed gratitude to the US for enabling the supply of F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine by other nations.