Foreign Policy

published : 2023-09-07

Blinken Urges Russia to Acknowledge Failed War in Ukraine

Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasizes the need for Russia to admit defeat

Secretary of State Antony Blinken during his visit to a school in Yahidne, Ukraine, where he emphasized Russia's need to acknowledge its failed war

During an unannounced visit to Kyiv, Ukraine, Secretary of State Antony Blinken made a powerful statement regarding the ongoing war with Russia.

Speaking at a school in Yahidne, a town in northern Kyiv, Blinken expressed the imperative for Russia to acknowledge its failure in its attempts to erase Ukraine from the map and bring it under Russian control.

Blinken declared, 'The Russians have to get to a point where they acknowledge that they failed. They are not going to succeed. They already failed in what they were trying to do, which was to erase Ukraine from the map, to end its identity as an independent country, to subsume it into Russia. That’s failed.'

The Secretary of State's remarks come in the midst of his fourth visit to Ukraine since the war began last year, demonstrating the United States' unwavering support for the country's counteroffensive against Russian troops.

Blinken's visit is primarily focused on assessing the effectiveness of Ukraine's efforts in reclaiming its occupied territories.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken tours the weapons display at the State Border Guard of Ukraine Detached Commandant Office of Security and Resource Supply site, assessing Ukraine's counteroffensive against Russian troops

In addition to showing his support, Blinken also unveiled a new round of funding assistance for Ukraine.

The aid package includes $175 million from Defense Department stocks, $100 million in military financing, $90.5 million in humanitarian demining assistance, $300 million to support law enforcement, $206 million in humanitarian aid, and $5.4 million in forfeited oligarch assets.

Furthermore, the package provides $203 million to aid efforts in transparency, accountability, and the investigation and prosecution of war crimes committed by Russia.

This comprehensive assistance highlights the commitment of the United States to anti-corruption measures and promoting the rule of law in Ukraine, crucial elements in securing its democratic future.

Secretary Blinken emphasized the significance of continued reforms and the fight against corruption during his discussions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits the Yahidne School in Ukraine, a site formerly used to hold Ukrainians captive by Russian forces, highlighting the importance of Ukraine's independence

The visit and the substantial aid package provided by the United States not only showcase the unwavering support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity but also send a strong message to Russia that its aggressive actions will not be tolerated.

As tension continues to escalate in the region, the world watches closely to see if Russia will heed Blinken's call for acknowledgment and meaningful diplomacy.

The fate of Ukraine's independence hangs in the balance, and the outcome of this ongoing conflict carries implications for global security and stability.