US Reiterates Support for Ukraine to Repel Russia
While Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky believes Israel’s war in Gaza has taken the media spot away from the war in Ukraine, the US has reiterated support to fight off Russia. In an unannounced visit to Kyiv on Monday, the US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin assured Ukraine that the United States continues standing with Ukraine.
This visit comes shortly after the Ukrainian military made new advances into Russian-held ground in the east of the country. It crossed the Dnipro River in the Kherson region and pushed two to five miles into territory that had been taken up by Russian troops for months.
This gain could be described as Ukraine’s first significant military gain and advancement in months. But intense battle continues near Kupiansk and Avdiivka.
US Boosts Ukraine With New Package
Lloyd announced a new security assistance package for Ukraine up to $100 million. It includes additional air defense capabilities, artillery ammunition, anti-tank weapons and the other materials to help Ukrainian forces defend their territory amid Russia’s ongoing assault.
The US Defense Secretary underscored continued support for Ukraine through the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group. “That group has roared into action, and we have continued to work together to provide much needed security assistance in the form of High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, other artillery platforms, tanks and munition.”
The additional support comes despite Ukraine and Russia stuck in a stalemate. The armed forces of both countries are trying to throw the other off.
Ukraine Rules Out Peace with Russia
Zelensky is adamant for Ukraine to push Russia out and has rule out peace with the Kremlin at any price. He said Russia will not relent in its offensive against Ukraine because it does not feel that the global community stands in solidarity against it.
The Ukrainian president believes Russia will push until the United States and China together will tell them very, very seriously to go out of the territory, with Ukraine being the epicenter of a potential World War III.
He added that Kiev would never agree to any settlement that would see it recognize Crimea and four other regions that overwhelmingly voted join Russia. “Kiev will not be ready for such a peace plan. That is finishing the war from the side of Russia.”