Russia fails in its war goals in Ukraine, says Antony Blinken after visit to kyiv

Russia is “failing in its war goals” and Ukraine is “succeeding,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

Blinken spoke after a trip to kyiv, the highest-level US visit to the capital since Russia invaded in late February.

He told a news conference that a “sovereign and independent Ukraine” will be present “much longer than Russia’s Putin on the scene.”

He described Russian forces as trying to “get violent in some parts of Ukraine,” adding: “But the Ukrainians are holding their ground.”

Blinken’s comments come after the US announced around £235m in military funding for Ukraine, which would enable it to buy more sophisticated air defense systems.

Describing the reason for the high-level visit, a state department official said: “There is no substitute for that face-to-face engagement and of course there is symbolism of being back in the country.”

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