Antony Blinken, the U.S. Secretary of State, promised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy unwavering backing for Ukraine and a commitment from the Biden administration to provide ongoing military assistance to Ukrainian forces.
Blinken made his remarks at the beginning of discussions on Tuesday during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
The highest-ranking American diplomat stated that the demonstration of backing arrives during a period when Ukraine is confronting multiple Russian assaults on vital systems and innocent citizens.
Blinken acknowledged that the bravery and perseverance of the Ukrainian people and their security forces are evident every day.
Zelenskyy expressed gratitude to the United States for their assistance, particularly the air defense systems that have played a crucial role in protecting Ukraine from Russian drone and missile assaults.
The attacks have targeted various cities in Ukraine, resulting in damage and injuries caused by both downed drones and missiles.
Ukrainian President Zelenskyy and other officials from Ukraine have urgently appealed to the United States and European allies for increased support in strengthening Ukraine’s air defenses. This plea has coincided with a decrease in U.S. funding for additional aid.
The Biden administration has requested Congress for a significant amount of funds to support Ukraine, along with other security measures such as aid for Israel and funding for U.S. border security. Some Republicans in Congress have opposed this proposal, pushing for additional focus on border security.
The defense ministry of Russia announced on Tuesday that it successfully prevented attacks from Ukrainian drones in various areas. This includes destroying five drones and capturing three others in the Voronezh region.
The regional governor, Alexander Gusev, reported that a child was hurt by debris from a drone. The mayor of Voronezh, a city approximately 250 kilometers away from the Ukrainian border, announced a temporary state of emergency.
The defense ministry of Russia reported that they had intercepted four drones in the Belgorod region and one more in the Bryansk region.
I obtained some information for this report from The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, and Reuters.