Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unannounced visit to Ukraine on Thursday, vowing additional support from the United States as the war-torn country seeks to recapture territory overtaken by Russian forces.
Blinken met with top Ukrainian officials in the capital of Kyiv, marking his second trip to the country since Russia invaded in late February. The trip was part of the U.S.’s latest efforts to convey its support for Ukraine and its intent to provide military support.
The Biden administration also announced another $2 billion in aid to Ukraine and other neighboring nations as part of the war efforts, although details on that funding are not clear.
“This assistance demonstrates yet again our unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s future as a democratic, sovereign, and independent state, as well as the security of allies and partners across the region,” the State Department said in a statement.
Blinken’s surprise visit comes as Ukraine attempts to regain captured territory in the eastern and southern areas of the country occupied by Russian forces. While the Ukrainian military has made some gains in recent weeks, the country has emphasized the need for more weapons and support to overcome the Russians.
As Blinken made his trip, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced the U.S. would supply Ukraine with another $675 million in military support to finance rockets and other weaponry. The latest pledge brings the total in U.S. aid to $13.5 billion since the war began.