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Secretary Blinken Delivers Strong Message Of Commitment In Supporting Ukraine During Latest Visit

Amid rising tensions, Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s unexpected trip to Kyiv underscores America’s steadfast pledge to bolster Ukraine’s security.

During a surprise visit to Kyiv, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, reaffirmed America’s enduring commitment to Ukraine’s security.

While specifics were lacking, Blinken assured Ukraine of unwavering support from its partners for the long haul. This trip aimed to strengthen Ukrainian spirits during a challenging time.

“Ukraine can count on its partners for sustainable, long-term support,” Blinken said on May 14 during his speech at Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.

Secretary Blinken mentions the delay of the military aid: “Some Ukrainians are worried about the United States' commitment to helping them after the delay in approving military aid. The $60 billion aid package that was approved by our Congress with overwhelming support — across both political parties and both houses of Congress — I think demonstrates that you can.”

Head of the Presidential Office, Andriy Yermak, expressed hope that a security agreement with the United States could be finalized this May. The agreement would likely resemble the recently approved military aid package.

“Under our own ten-year agreement, the United States will support Ukraine’s defense and security across a range of essential capabilities: from its air force to its air defense, from drones to demining,” Blinken said.

Blinken talked about a new initiative that is shoring up Ukraine’s defenses against continued Russian aggression. “Capability coalitions” — groups of allied countries — are collaborating to address Ukraine’s most pressing military needs.

The United States, Denmark, and the Netherlands are spearheading a coalition focused on strengthening Ukraine’s air force. Meanwhile, Estonia and Luxembourg are concentrating on strengthening Ukraine’s information technology infrastructure. Additionally, Norway and the United Kingdom are working together to enhance Ukraine’s maritime security capabilities. These coalitions are significantly increasing the flow of military support to Ukraine.

Blinken did not offer a concrete timeline for Ukraine’s NATO membership. However, he emphasized a commitment to bolstering Ukraine’s defenses. He pledged “tangible steps” to strengthen NATO’s role at the upcoming July summit. These steps will focus on three key areas: building a more resilient and capable Ukrainian military, supporting ongoing reforms, and deepening Ukraine’s integration with the alliance.

Ukraine’s path to joining NATO will be strengthened by security deals with other countries that benefit both sides. “We now have 32 countries who are negotiating these agreements with Ukraine, nine of which have already been completed.”

Blinken emphasized that Ukrainians have displayed remarkable resilience and resourcefulness in their fight against Russian aggression. Soldiers have developed innovative weapons and tactics to counter the enemy.

This spirit extends far beyond the battlefield. People from all walks of life — from every region, community, and institution — have stepped forward to serve their country.

“Your recent mobilization was a difficult decision — but a necessary one. The defenders who have so courageously held the line for more than two years need help. They need rest. This will allow both, while providing your military with additional troops to fight off bigger invading forces.”

Secretary Blinken highlighted that Ukraine needs to ramp up its domestic production to build a lasting defense system, independent of external support. He added that a thriving economy is crucial for security and for the return of refugees and internally displaced people.

“There’s one thing that Putin has always underestimated but that Ukrainians understand to their core, and that’s the fierceness — the fierceness — with which free people will defend their right to shape their own destiny,” Blinken said in his empowering speech.

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