The US will help Ukraine in its fight with Russia for “as long as it takes,” according to US President Joe Biden, who recently paid a surprise visit to Kyiv.
Mr. Biden travelled to Ukraine for the first time as president just a few days before the anniversary of Russia’s invasion. Vladimir Putin was “completely incorrect,” in his opinion, to think that Russia could outlive Ukraine and those who supported it in the West.
He interacted with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and the two of them went to a memorial for warriors who have fallen in the nine years since Russia grabbed Crimea and its proxies took over some of the eastern Donbas regions.
Following his visit, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken unveiled a new $450 million (£373 million) bundle of security aid for Ukraine, including howitzer ammunition, the Himars launch system, javelin weapons, and air observation radar systems.
According to Mr. Blinken, the US will also give Kyiv an additional $10 million in urgent aid to sustain Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.
Later this week, additional measures will be introduced against people and organisations that are trying to escape or backfill “Russia’s military machine.”
Other foreign leaders have gone to visit Ukraine over the past year, but the US president’s trip to Kyiv amid a conflict in which American troops are not engaged in a display of solidarity at a time when Russia claims Western support for Ukraine is dwindling.
Andriy Yermak, the chief of staff for the Ukrainian president, stated that “the visit had been both historical and important.” Numerous problems are being resolved, and those that have stagnated will move forward more quickly.
One of Ukraine’s strongest allies is the US, whose state department has so far announced $24.9 billion in military aid.
Mr. Biden stated in January that the US would supply 31 battle tanks along with longer-range missiles.
Before a three-day trip to Poland, where he would meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda and east European Nato allies, President Biden visited Kyiv.
In a related incident, China’s foreign minister stated that Beijing is extremely concerned about the war in Ukraine’s intensification and the possibility that it could spin out of control. Earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken claimed China was considering giving Russia wartime supplies of weaponry and ammunition; however, the Chinese categorically refuted this assertion.