US boosts military aid to Ukraine as Russia tensions soar | AP News

The U.S. is providing $200 million more in military aid to Ukraine amid increasing worries that Russia is planning an invasion, as Secretary of State Antony Blinken made a hastily arranged visit to Kyiv to meet with senior officials.

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The U.S. is providing $200 million more in military aid to Ukraine amid increasing worries that Russia is planning an invasion, as Secretary of State Antony Blinken made a hastily arranged visit to Kyiv to meet with senior officials.

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — As U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Ukraine , the Biden administration said Wednesday it’s providing an additional $200 million in defensive military aid to the country amid soaring fears of a Russia n invasion.

“The trip follows extensive diplomacy with our European Allies and partners about a united approach to address the threat Russia poses to Ukraine and our joint efforts to encourage it to choose diplomacy and de-escalation in the interests of security and stability,” the department said.

LavrovLavrov reaffirmed that Russia expects a written response this week from the U.S. and its allies to Moscow’s request for binding guarantees that NATO will not embrace Ukraine or any other ex-Soviet countries or station its forces and weapons there.

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I wish for world peace. VivaRevolt «Fuck the European Union»? More wasted money let it go The odd announcement about Russia planning an attack on its own troops and blaming it on Ukraine so they can attack is now starting to make more sense…Biden needed to find a creative way to give more of US tax dollars to Ukraine…prolly to help keep Hunter’s business bankrolled.

why is it so hard for our politicians to stop giving our money to foreign countries? It’s not our job to fund their military especially before any fighting even happens

Blinken to visit Ukraine as US-Russia tensions escalate | AP NewsSecretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Ukraine this week as tensions between the U.S. and Russia escalate over a possible Russia n invasion of its neighbor. The State Department says Blinken will travel to Kyiv on Tuesday. I fail to understand as why US sends its Solidiars Poorfellows , for saving other Countrymen. US army needs to Resist Now it's SURE that things WILL escalate. Until now, the only crooks who profited from this 'crisis', are the military-industrial complex who urgently need another conflict to sell their gangster-wear that murders people Introduce warmongers Nuland and Blinken: the rest is chaos Resign in disgrace for the deaths of 13 Servicemen and women in Afghanistan

Blinken to visit Ukraine as U.S.-Russia tensions escalateSec. Blinken will visit Ukraine this week and meet with President Zelenskyy as tensions between the U.S. and Russia escalate over a possible Russia n invasion of its neighbor, the State Dept. says.

U.S.'s Blinken to visit Ukraine following Russia talksU.S. President Joe Biden's top diplomat will visit Kyiv this week after talks with Russia ended in a stalemate last week amid concerns in Washington that Moscow is preparing to invade Ukraine . And Winken and Nod?

Russia insists embassy staff have not been evacuated from Ukraine amid invasion fearsReports have indicated Russia thinned out embassy staff before talks about a Moscow-led military buildup.

Russia denies looking for pretext to invade Ukraine Russia 's top diplomat angrily rejected the U.S. allegations that it was preparing a pretext to invade Ukraine as Russia n troops that are amassed near the Ukraine border launched more drills Monday.

UK says supplying Ukraine with weapons system to defend against RussiaBritain is supplying Ukraine with a new security system package to help increase its defensive capabilities in the face of threatening behaviour from Russia , defence minister Ben Wallace said on Monday. 'They are not strategic weapons and pose no threat to Russia. They are to use in self-defence.' = Mostly peaceful weapons. Conquer Ukraine's west..

angrily denied the charge . From Kyiv, Blinken will travel to Berlin, where he will meet with his German, British and French counterparts to discuss a possible response to any Russian military action. In Geneva on Friday, Blinken will be testing Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Russia’s interest in a “diplomatic off-ramp” for the crisis, the State Department said. “The trip follows extensive diplomacy with our European Allies and partners about a united approach to address the threat Russia poses to Ukraine and our joint efforts to encourage it to choose diplomacy and de-escalation in the interests of security and stability,” the department said. CIA Director William Burns visited Kyiv last Wednesday to consult with his Ukrainian counterparts and discuss current assessments of the risk to Ukraine, a U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss Burns’ schedule, which is classified. While there, he also discussed the current situation with Zelenskyy and efforts to de-escalate tensions. Blinken spoke by phone Tuesday with Lavrov , discussing the diplomatic talks and meetings held last week. The State Department said Blinken “stressed the importance of continuing a diplomatic path to de-escalate tensions” surrounding the Russia-Ukraine situation and “reiterated the unshakable U.S. commitment” to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Russia has rejected the U.S. allegations that it’s preparing a pretext to invade Ukraine. Lavrov dismissed the U.S. claim as “total disinformation.” Lavrov reaffirmed that Russia expects a written response this week from the U.S. and its allies to Moscow’s request for binding guarantees that NATO will not embrace Ukraine or any other ex-Soviet countries or station its forces and weapons there. Blinken underscored to Lavrov on Tuesday that any discussion of European security “must include NATO Allies and European partners, including Ukraine,” the State Department said. The Russian Foreign Ministry said Lavrov emphasized in the call with Blinken the key aspects of Russian draft documents envisaging “legally binding guarantees of Russia’s security in line with the principle of indivisibility of security approved by all countries in the Euro-Atlantic.” It said Lavrov stressed the importance for Washington to quickly deliver a written response to the Russian proposals. Washington and its allies firmly rejected Moscow’s demands during last week’s Russia-U.S. negotiations in Geneva and a related NATO-Russia meeting in Brussels. The White House said Friday that U.S. intelligence officials had concluded that Russia had already deployed operatives to rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine to carry out acts of sabotage there and blame them on Ukraine to create a pretext for possible invasion. Ahead of Blinken’s visit to Kyiv, a delegation of U.S. senators was visiting Ukraine to emphasize congressional support for the country. Speaking Monday on a visit to Kyiv, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock warned that “any further escalation would carry a high price for the Russian regime — economic, political and strategic,” and she emphasized the need to continue negotiations. Russia in 2014 seized the Crimean Peninsula after the ouster of Ukraine’s Moscow-friendly leader and also threw its weight behind a separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine. More than 14,000 people have been killed in nearly eight years of fighting between the Russia-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces in the country’s industrial heartland called Donbas. has warned that Moscow will take unspecified “military-technical measures” if the West stonewalls its demands. ___ Associated Press writer Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow contributed to this report. AP NEWS