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Blinken delivers message of US support to Kyiv as thousands flee Kharkiv region

Blinken delivers message of US support to Kyiv as thousands flee Kharkiv region

Blinken delivers message of US support to Kyiv as thousands flee Kharkiv region
May 14, 2024 1 min, 11 secs

The US secretary of state has arrived in Kyiv delivering a message that Washington remains committed to supporting Ukraine as the country’s forces face their toughest situation on the battlefield for months.

Zelenskiy thanked Blinken for the US assistance, but said air defence remained the “biggest problem” for Ukraine and asked for two new Patriot batteries for the Kharkiv region.

Serhii Kuzan, the director of the Ukrainian Security and Cooperation Center in Kyiv, said: “Kharkiv is not the priority front for the Russians.” He believed Russia’s main goal was to stretch Ukraine’s forces on other parts of the frontline, with a view to taking territory in the Donbas region, particularly around the town of Chasiv Yar.

“Clearly now that there is a full complement of aid from the United States, from the EU and from [the UK], they are in a stronger position, but they are not where they would have liked to have been had there not been the delays, and therefore the immediate months are tough,” said Lammy in an interview with the Guardian in Kyiv.

On Tuesday evening, he gave a speech at a Kyiv university, lauding Ukraine’s “strategic success” and attempting to inject an air of positivity about the future.

In a speech designed to appeal to Ukrainian sentiments, Blinken quoted the national poet Taras Shevchenko, and paid homage to Ukraine’s courage on the battlefield and innovation at home.

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