The American Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, visited Kiev today as he promised new aid for the security of the Ukrainian state, which amounts to two billion dollars (euros).

The US official's second visit to the Ukrainian capital since the February Russian invasion comes as Ukraine reported progress in its efforts to retake Russian-occupied territory near Ukraine's second-largest city, Kharkiv.

Blinken announced the new $2.2 billion (euro) military package for Ukraine and 18 other countries considered at risk of future Russian aggression.

Approximately $1 billion will be allocated to Ukraine, an official said,

Reuters reports.

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The rest will be divided between Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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The money is intended to protect sovereignty, modernize security forces, improve partnerships with the transatlantic military alliance NATO and strengthen capacity "to counter Russian influence and aggression," a US official said.

Aid comes in the form of US grants and loans that enable countries to buy weapons and defense equipment made in the United States.

Meanwhile, Blinken meeting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said his visit came at a "key moment" for Ukraine, noting that the counteroffensive was showing positive results.

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Zelensky said Ukraine was grateful for the "huge support" of the United States, which he said was helping Ukraine "return our territory and lands."

/Telegraph/