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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