Top-level US delegation promises aid to Ukraine

The U.S. secretaries of state and defense met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as Ukraine pressed the West for more powerful weapons against Russia.

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April 25, 2022 - 2:45 PM

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy virtually addresses the US Congress on March 16, 2022. (J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The U.S. secretaries of state and defense met Sunday night with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the highest-level visit to the country’s capital by an American delegation since the start of Russia’s invasion.

The secretive meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin came as Ukraine pressed the West for more powerful weapons against Russia’s campaign in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, where Moscow’s forces sought to dislodge the last Ukrainian troops in the battered port of Mariupol.

Blinken and Austin told Ukraine’s president, Volodomyr Zelenskyy, and his advisers that the United States would provide more than $300 million in foreign military financing and had approved a $165 million sale of ammunition.

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