The US will reopen its embassy in Ukraine soon, its top diplomat said on Monday, after he and the US defense secretary paid a visit to Kyiv, promising more military aid and praising the country’s success in repelling Russia’s invasion.
Both Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said their ability to visit Ukraine’s capital demonstrated the country’s tenacity in forcing Moscow to abandon an assault on Kyiv last month.
“What you’ve done in repelling the Russians in the battle of Kyiv is extraordinary and, quite frankly, inspiring to the rest of the world,” Austin told President Volodymyr Zelenskiy during a meeting overnight following a train journey from Poland. “We are here to help you in any way we can.”
Blinken lauded Ukraine’s success in “resisting this heinous Russian aggression.”