In a confidential meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday, top United States diplomats agreed to provide Ukraine with military aid worth millions of dollars.
According to a report by the New York Post, the American diplomats, who left Ukraine prior to the Russian attack, will head back to the war torn nation later this week. President Joe Biden intends to recommend Bridget Brink as the United States ambassador to Ukraine.
Earlier this week, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, met with the Ukrainian President. They informed him of America’s intent to supply Ukraine with over $300 million in military aid. The US diplomats also agreed to an ammunition deal worth $165 million. The ammunition would not be American made, and would be well-matched with Ukraine’s cold war era weapons.
The US will be spending about $713 million on foreign military expenditures for the Ukraine crisis and 15 allied states. Around $322 million from the total amount will go to Ukraine. The remainder is to be distributed amongst NATO countries and the nations that provided Ukraine with military supplies during the early stages of the Russian invasion. The US has spent more than $3.7 billion in aid and assistance to Ukraine, since the start of the war, including this new military aid package.
Last week, President Biden pledged to increase Ukraine’s military aid by $800 million. In March, Congress approved a spending package of $13.6 billion to assist Ukraine in this time of crisis, out of which $6.5 billion have been committed to be spent on military aid and assistance.
The Ukrainian President Zelenskyy said that he was grateful for the increase in aid. Although Zelenskyy had announced the summit a day before, the US officials did not disclose any details, and the meeting was held in secrecy.
Journalists who had gone to cover the meeting were not allowed to disclose its location or report on the trip until it had been concluded. The Secretary of State, Blinken is planning to head back to Washington from Poland, while Secretary of Defense Austin plans to meet up with the NATO heads in Germany, in the coming week.