Blinken announces additional military aid to Ukraine

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has announced an additional 2 billion dollars in aid for Ukraine.

Blinken told Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba during a press conference on Wednesday in Kyiv that US officials are "rushing" to deliver weapons and ammunition to protect soldiers and civilians.

Blinken said, "We will continue to back Ukraine with the equipment that it needs to succeed, that it needs to win."

He added that he is focused on providing the troops with Patriot missiles and other forms of air defense. He said the aid is coming at a "critical time," with Russian troops pressing deeper into the eastern region of Kharkiv.

He added that the assistance will also help the Ukrainians produce more of the things they need and buy military equipment from other countries.

Blinken added that the two sides are working to finalize an agreement to provide Ukrainians with assistance over the next decade. He said they want to develop forces that can "deter" and "defend" against aggression. He expects US President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to meet "in the weeks ahead" to sign the deal.