Day 60: US leaders on first wartime visit to Kiev with arms pledges

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US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Ukraine’s capital of Kiev on Sunday, the country’s president declares while demanding for “powerful weapons.”

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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.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in a phone conversation with the Ukrainian president, confirmed that Britain will supply more military equipment to his country.

“The Prime Minister confirmed that the UK is providing more defensive military aid, including protected mobility vehicles, drones and anti-tank weapons,” readout of the call published by Johnson’s office said.

Johnson also confirmed the UK would be reopening its embassy in Kiev next week, a move first announced yesterday. He said that this was a demonstration of “our support and solidarity with the Ukrainian people.”

In the conversation, Zelensky thanked Johnson for the training of more than 20 Ukrainian troops who arrived in the UK last week. The Ukrainian soldiers receiving training in the UK are being instructed on how to use 120 armored vehicles.

Meanwhile, Russia’s top state investigative body said on Saturday that it is investigating whether sabotage experts from the United Kingdom’s Special Air Service (SAS) have been deployed to western Ukraine.

Russia to probe presence of British SAS special forces

Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency on Saturday quoted a Russian security source as saying about 20 SAS members being sent to the Lviv region in Western Ukraine. The SAS is an elite military force trained to conduct special operations, surveillance and counter-terrorism.

The UK has said it sent military trainers to Ukraine earlier this year to instruct local forces in using anti-tank weapons. But on February 17, a week before Russia-Ukraine war began, the UK said it had pulled out all troops except those needed to protect its ambassador.

However it is not clear what steps the Investigative Committee has planned to take in response to a NATO country’s military involvement in Ukraine.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Joe and Hunter were and apparently still are, the protection racket working to protect the oligarch that owns Burisma….. Zlochevsky. The Ukraine is not about the people, we are sold this is the real Ukrainian people but they are not…we are being manipulated by Zlochevsky. Zlochevsky hand picked Zelenskyy and the Prosecutor General Vendiktova, making his prosecution, well, not happening, and for the most part, he is in control of Kiev/Ukraine.

    So Bidens and the USA, are still the protection racket for Zlochevski and are his puppet. Joe Biden is in process of giving the Zlochevsky government another billion in lethal aid.

    The US is not controlling the shots in this war, BIDEN IS COMPROMISED. Zlochevski, protecting his empire that would be nationalized or freed from his control, and Victoria Nuland, who want personal revenge for her grandfather being kicked out of Russia, are in control….and they don’t give a fuck about the America they leave in financial and moral ruins doing it. “by deception we make war” “fuck the EU”….

  2. It is another re-run of American failed Vietnam and Afghanistan operation. In both case, American poured in massive military equipment and funding that went into a deep hole. There is “no” NATO foot soldiers in Ukraine yet. But, even with them, chances for Russia total retreat is zero! Ukraine is heading towards a 2-state scenario, west and east.

    • Yes. They were greeting, hugging each other. I just wonder, there is no mask regime and cov-19 anymore? 😁