Jake Sullivan conveyed continued US support for Ukraine in defending its sovereignty and territorial integrity; and took the opportunity to delve into the details of the new military aid package, valued at some USD 400 million
The US National Security Advisor meets Zelensky by surprise in kyiv
The United States National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, traveled by surprise this Friday to the capital of Ukraine, kyiv, where he met met with the country's president, Volodimir Zelensky, and other high-ranking officials.
This was reported by the National Security spokeswoman, Adrienne Watson, in a statement detailing that, together with Zelensky, Sullivan met with the head of the office of the Presidency, Andrei Yermak, or Defense Minister Oleksei Reznikov, among others.
In kyiv, Sullivan conveyed to Ukrainian representatives the United States' continued support for Ukraine in defending its sovereignty and territorial integrity; and has taken the opportunity to delve into the details of the new military aid package, valued at about 400 million dollars.
Zelensky and Sullivan (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS)
Finally, the White House National Security Adviser has assured the highest Ukrainian representatives that Washington will continue to provide both economic and humanitarian assistance, to at the same time that it will redouble its efforts to hold Russia “accountable”.
Sullivan's visit comes on a day when the United States has announced a new $400 million military aid package made up of refurbished Soviet-era tanks, Hawk defense missiles and drones.
The aid falls under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which means the weaponry will be manufactured by defense contractors rather than from current US stocks.
Jake Sullivan together with Andriy Yermak (REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)
On time, Ukraine will receive 45 T-72B tanks, sent from the Czech Republicand which were reconditioned with improvements in optics, communications and armor; 1,100 Phoenix Ghost-type tactical unmanned aerial systems; 40 armored riverboats; and financing to renovate 250 M1117 armored security vehicles, among others.
This is the first time that the United States has provided the country with the Czech tanks, which will arrive in the coming months and which the local troops “already know how to use”, reported the deputy Pentagon spokeswoman, Sabrina Singh.
These vehicles “will make a difference on the battlefield ”, continued Singh, who also remarked that, thanks to the improvements to which they were subjected, “they will be the most technically advanced tanks on the battlefield”.
“We recognize [Ukraine's] acute need for anti-aircraft defenses at this critical time, as Russia and Russian forces fire a barrage of missiles and Iranian drones at the country's civilian infrastructure,” Sullivan said.
(With information from Europa Press and AFP)