Asked about Blinken’s visit to Kyiv, the Kremlin says it is clear that Washington plans to keep funding Kyiv’s war effort “until the last Ukrainian”.
“We have heard repeated statements that they [the Americans] intend to continue to help Kyiv for as long as it takes,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
“In other words, they are going to continue to support Ukraine in a state of war and to wage this war to the last Ukrainian, sparing no money for this. That’s how we perceive it, we know it. It’s not going to affect the course of the special military operation.”
US announces more aid
Top US diplomat Antony Blinken has arrived in Kyiv in a gesture of support as Ukraine’s counteroffensive against Russian forces grinds into its fourth month with only small gains.
During his two-day visit, staying overnight in Ukraine for the first time since before Russia’s February 2022 invasion, Blinken will likely announce a new package of US assistance worth more than $1bn, a senior State Department official said in a briefing for reporters on the trip.
Blinken, on the first trip to Kyiv by a top US official since the Ukrainian counteroffensive began, is expected to meet President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba among other senior officials as well as civil society figures, the official said.