The latest news additional US military spending on Ukraine is $2.2 billion

To announce the aid package, Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unexpected trip to Kyiv.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken revealed on Thursday during an unannounced visit to Kyivneighboringto that the administration of US President Joe Biden has committed an additional $2.2 billion in long-term military financing to Ukraine and 18 neighboring states and territories that are "potentially at risk of future Russian aggression."

Vladimir Zelensky, the president, and other top officials were in attendance as Blinken met with them to go over the specifics of the $2.2 billion package, of which $1 billion will go to Ukraine. According to the State Department, the remainder will be distributed to "regional security partners" to help them "deter and defend against emergent threats to their sovereignty and territorial integrity" by enhancing their coordination with NATO and battling "Russian influence and aggression."

Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Kosovo, a breakaway province of Serbia that declared independence in 2008 but is still largely unrecognized as such outside of the American sphere of influence, will split the remaining funds.

Zelensky thanked the visiting diplomat for "this great support that you're offering on a day-to-day basis," while Blinken praised the Ukrainian "counteroffensive" against Russian forces in the south and called it a "pivotal moment" for Kyiv.

Following Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's commitment of an additional $675 million in heavy weapons, Kyivarmored vehicles, and ammunition to the Ukrainian war effort, the aid package was the second to be revealed on Thursday. The military ministers of Germany and the Netherlands joined Austin and offered Kyiv training and new tools.

Since the start of Russia's military action in February, the US had given Ukraine a total of $44.3 billion in aid as of August 3. The midterm elections in November will likely be challenging for Biden's Democratic Party since polls show that voters are much more concerned about inflation and other economic problems than they are about the alleged Russian "threat."

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