U.S. pledges US$2 billion in military financing as Russia escalates offensive in Ukraine

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Antony Blinken

15th May 2024 – (Washington) U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Wednesday a commitment of $2 billion in foreign military financing to Ukraine, responding to Russia’s intensified offensive operations in the country.

During a joint press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Kiev, Secretary Blinken stated that the financing would address Ukraine’s immediate requirements for weapons, support the country’s defence industry, and facilitate the procurement of military equipment from other nations. The press conference was broadcasted on the State Department’s website.

The timing of Blinken’s visit to Kyiv coincided with Russia’s renewed offensive operations in Ukraine, including a ground assault near Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city.

Highlighting the urgency and priority of the situation, Blinken emphasized that the United States has been swiftly delivering ammunition, armoured vehicles, missiles, and air defences to protect both soldiers and civilians on the front lines. He specifically highlighted the importance of air defence for Ukraine’s security.

Earlier this week, U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan confirmed that one Patriot air defence system had already been secured for Ukraine from a U.S. ally.

Ukraine has been requesting additional Patriot systems from Western allies for several months, emphasizing the need for 26 such systems to cover the entire territory and at least seven to safeguard key targets from Russian aerial attacks. The pledged military financing reflects the commitment of the Biden administration to support Ukraine’s defence capabilities in the face of escalating aggression from Russia.