US Secretary of State Antony Blinken vowed that Ukrainians would be able to use weapons provided by the United States to regain its territory, including in the regions that are expected to be annexed by Russia soon.
“I've also been equally clear that Ukraine has the absolute right to defend itself throughout its territory, including to take back the territory that has been illegally seized in one way or another by Russia, Blinken said in response to a question from CNN’s Kylie Atwood at a news conference Tuesday.
He added that the US will “never” recognize the four regions that Vladimir Putin may annex following the sham referendums being held in those regions.
“Because there is no change at all in the territory that is being annexed by the Russians as a matter for us or for the Ukrainians, the Ukrainians will continue to do what they need to do to get back the land that has been taken from them. We will continue to support them in that effort,” Blinken said.
The top US diplomat said his country is "prepared and we will impose additional severe and swift costs on Russia for proceeding with the annexations.”