Secretary of State Antony Brinken Visits Ukraine Unannounced

Top US diplomats meet with Ukrainian officials.

His visit comes as Ukraine launches a counterattack aimed at reclaiming Russian-occupied territories in the south and northeast of the country. It also coincides with a Ukrainian Defense Liaison Group meeting hosted by US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

Austin and Blinken visited Ukraine in late April. They remain the highest-level U.S. officials to visit the United States since the war began in late February. US President Joe Biden has yet to visit there, but the two leaders have been speaking on the phone in recent weeks.

The Biden administration has pledged continued aid to Ukraine, pledging more than $13 billion in security assistance since the conflict began. Austin announced his new $675 million tranche on Thursday.

This story is broken and will be updated.


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