US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Kyiv Wednesday for meetings with key Ukrainian officials, including President Volodymyr Zelensky and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
His trip comes as Ukraine's counteroffensive has been going slower than hoped.
Blinken is also expected to announce more than $1 billion in new funding for Ukraine, according to a senior State Department official.
Kyiv was targeted by Russian missiles overnight, which were intercepted, according to the city’s military administration.
Blinken arrived in Kyiv Wednesday morning after making an overnight journey by train from Poland, in common with almost all high-profile visitors to war-torn Kyiv, including US President Joe Biden, who took the ride in February.
It is his third visit to Ukraine’s capital since Russia’s full-scale invasion.
In April 2022 he made the trip with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, just a few weeks after Russian forces had withdrawn from areas immediately to the north of the Kyiv. His second trip was in September last year as Ukraine’s first big counteroffensive was underway in the Kharkiv region.
According to the State Department, Blinken also briefly went into Ukraine in March 2022, when he met on the border with Kuleba.