Headline RoundupSeptember 8th, 2022

Blinken Makes Surprise Ukraine Trip, Pledges $2B More in Aid

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unannounced trip to Ukraine Thursday and committed more aid for the country and other European nations.

"President Biden has been clear we will support the people of Ukraine for as long as it takes," Blinked said in a statement. "I reiterated this message to President Zelenskyy and his team today in Kyiv, which remains - and will remain - the capital of a sovereign, independent Ukraine." As Blinken met with Zelenskyy and other top officials, Ukraine continued efforts to retake Russian-occupied areas in the country's south and northeast.

The aid announcement came hours after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the U.S. approved another $675 million worth of heavy arms for Ukraine’s military. The Biden administration has now committed more than $13 billion in security assistance for Ukraine since Russia's invasion began in February.

Blinken's trip was covered by news sources across the political spectrum, and reports on all sides placed similar emphasis on the amount of aid the U.S. has pledged for Ukraine.

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