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    Blinken Is Expected to Announce $1 Billion in New US Funding for Ukraine During His Visit to Kyiv

    Blinken Is Expected to Announce $1 Billion in New US Funding for Ukraine During His Visit to Kyiv

    KYIV, — U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken visited Ukraine's capital Wednesday where he was expected to announce more than $1 billion in new American funding in a display of 's unflagging support for Kyiv's fight.

    Blinken also aimed to assess Ukraine's 3-month-old counteroffensive and signal continued U.S. backing as some Western allies express worries about Kyiv's slow progress in driving out Russian forces after 18 months of war, according to U.S. officials.

    “We want to make sure that Ukraine has what it needs, not only to succeed in the counteroffensive but has what it needs for the long-term, to make sure that it has a strong deterrent,” Blinken said during the visit. “We're also determined to continue to work with our partners as they build and rebuild a strong economy, strong democracy.”

    Blinken was set to pledge more than $1 billion in new U.S. funding, a senior State Department official said, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the announcement before it was made.

    The money would be for “a range” of investments, the official said, without elaborating.

    Other issues, including support for Ukraine's war-torn economy were to be discussed, building on Blinken's June announcement in of $1.3 billion in aid to help Kyiv rebuild, with a focus on modernizing its energy network, which was bombarded by last winter.

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