Russia’s advance in Ukraine has slowed down. In a meeting with Zelensky, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the US had approved the sale of ammunition worth $165 million and would provide more than $300 million in foreign military funding.
Kyiv. Top US officials pledged on Monday to help Ukraine win its battle against Russia after one-on-one talks with President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv, while Britain said Moscow has yet to reach the country’s eastern industrial zone. did not achieve significant success in its attacks. In a meeting with Zelensky, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the US had approved the sale of ammunition worth $165 million and would provide more than $300 million in foreign military funding.
Blinken told reporters in Poland a day after meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky and other Ukrainian officials, “The strategy we have devised includes massive support for Ukraine, heavy pressure against Russia, more than 30 countries engaged in these efforts.” There are real results of solidarity with “When it comes to Russia’s war objectives, Russia is failing. Ukraine is succeeding. Russia has as its main objective the complete subjugation of Ukraine, taking away its sovereignty, taking away its independence. He has failed.” Zelensky told the meeting he was “very grateful” for the US aid and in particular praised US President Joe Biden for his “personal support”.
“In terms of the strength of our military and support in certain areas, the priorities are weapons and support from the United States and our allies, European leaders,” the Ukrainian president said. “The second issue is the sanctions policy against the Russian Federation due to full-scale aggression and the terror generated by Russia in Ukraine,” he said. In a three-hour meeting on Sunday, the 60th day of the start of the offensive, Ukraine pressured the West for more powerful weapons against Russia’s campaign in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine. In that area, Moscow’s army is trying to drive out Ukrainian troops. Britain’s Defense Ministry said on Monday that Ukrainian soldiers hiding at a steel plant in the strategic city are engaging Russian forces and preventing them from engaging in aggression elsewhere in the Donbass. “Several Russian units are stable in the city and cannot be redeployed,” the ministry said in a statement posted on Twitter. “Ukraine’s defense of Mariupol has also exhausted many Russian units and reduced their combat effectiveness,” it said. The ministry said that so far Russia has made “modest progress in some areas since turning its attention to a complete capture of the Donbass.”
“Without adequate logistical and armament support, Russia has not yet achieved significant success,” it said. Austin said the nature of fighting in Ukraine has now changed and Russia has pulled itself away from the northern region to focus on the eastern industrial stronghold of the Donbass. The nature of the fighting has now become wider, so have the military needs of Ukraine and Zelensky is now focusing on more tanks, artillery and other weapons. Asked what the US sees as a success, Austin said, “We want to see Ukraine as a sovereign country. A democratic country is capable of defending its sovereign territory. We want to see Russia weakened to the point where it cannot take steps such as an attack on Ukraine.” On the diplomatic front, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is scheduled to visit Turkey and then Moscow and Kyiv on Monday. Zelensky said it was a mistake for Guterres to visit Russia before Ukraine. He said, referring to one of the main streets of Moscow, “Why? To hand over the signal from Russia? What should we be looking for? There are no corpses scattered on Kutuzovsky Prospekt.” Blinken said he spoke with Guterres on the Friday before the trip. “Our hope is that he is going to send a very strong and clear message to Vladimir Putin that this war needs to end now,” he said.