Ukraine will receive more than $322 million, while the rest will be split between Central and Eastern European countries, Blinken told reporters waiting for him in Poland after his visit to kyiv.
The aid will not come in the form of weapons, but in the form of financial tranches so that the designated nations, including Ukraine, can buy the batches of armaments they need.
According to US government sources quoted by the AP news agency, this support will help kyiv confront Russian troops and militias in the Donbass region and help the Ukrainian armed forces to switch to more weapons and air defense systems. advanced, mainly from the North Atlantic. Treaty Organization (NATO).
With the new budget, the volume of military aid from Washington to Ukraine will amount to three and a half billion dollars.
Blinken further reported on the gradual resumption of US diplomatic presence in Ukraine. “From this week, members of this team could make daily visits to Ukraine,” he noted.
Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24, after the authorities of the self-declared people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk asked for help in repelling increasing aggression and heavy airstrikes from kyiv. .