Blinken assures US aid to Ukraine will continue as anniversary of Russia's invasion approaches

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

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# 13 January 2023 22:37 (UTC +04:00)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Friday, emphasizing that the US would continue providing economic and security support for Kyiv, according to a State Department readout, APA reports citing CNN.

Blinken told the foreign leader that assistance would persist "in the run-up to, and beyond, the first anniversary in February of Russia’s unprovoked full-scale invasion of Ukraine,” the readout said.

“The Secretary emphasized the United States’ enduring and unflinching support for Ukraine, as underscored by recent provisions of advanced air defense equipment and armored vehicles from U.S. stocks,” according to the readout.

Kuleba shared a message of thanks on Twitter after the call, saying he was grateful to the US for standing with Ukraine. The foreign minister said he emphasized the need for "Western-type tanks" in future aid packages.

The leaders' call comes as Russia claims to have captured the eastern Ukrainian city of Soledar. Kyiv denies the claim.