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Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday and will likely face questions from members about the Biden administration’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Blinken’s testimony comes just days after he and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin traveled to Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and promised millions of dollars in US military aid.
A senior state department official revealed to Axios that the secretary is likely to detail the administration’s decision to send US diplomats back to Ukraine later this week, as well as the decision behind nominating Bridget Brink to serve as the next US ambassador to the embattled nation.
Blinken will “share his impressions of his time traveling the countryside and arriving in Kyiv,” the official told the outlet. “This is territory that Russia thought it could conquer within hours. Instead, it’s free of Russian forces with life returning to normal precisely because the Ukranians, aided by our security assistance, are winning and pushed the Russians out.”
“It’s a testament to the fact that our strategy is working, Ukraine is winning. Ukraine will win.”
Blinken will appear before the committee at around 10:00 a.m. The hearing was scheduled for a “Review of the FY 2023 State Department Budget Request.”
The secretary is expected to note that the budget is “to not only overcome Russia, but to deter future aggression from others seeking to follow their lead.”
Blinken is also set to emphasize “his commitment to critical priorities” outside Ukraine, including US-China relations and ongoing conflicts in Yemen and Ethiopia, the official told the outlet.
While in Ukraine, Blinken and Austin told Zelensky that the US will provide more than $300 million in military financing and has approved a $165 million sale of non-US made ammunition that will be compatible with Ukraine’s Soviet-era weapons.
The announcement comes just one week after Biden pledged a package of $800 million in military aid, which included heavy artillery and drones.
In total, the US has supplied $3.7 billion in military assistance to Ukraine.