The director of the United States National Intelligence Agency (INCfor its acronym in English), William Burnsmet secretly with the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenskyto warn you about Russia military plans in the coming weeks and months, reported Thursday the newspaper The Washington Post.
“Director Burns traveled to kyiv, where he met with his counterparts from the intelligence services Ukrainians, as well as with President Zelensky, and reinforced our continued support for Ukraine in his defense against russian aggression”, stated a US official.
The CIA chief stressed the urgent need on the battlefield and recognized that, at some point, help will be harder to come byas indicated by the sources consulted by the aforementioned newspaper.
Zelensky’s team would have left the meeting with the impression that the support of the Biden Administration “continues to be strong”, estimating that the 45,000 million dollars in aid to the country approved by Congress last December will last “at least” until July or August.
kyiv, on the other hand, is less certain about the possibility that Congress will approve another additional assistance package, almost eleven months after the invasion began, which began on February 24, 2022, by order of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.
The trip was leaked a month after the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The president of the House of Representativesthe republican kevin mccarthysuggested during the electoral campaign of the mid-term elections last November that his party will block aid sent to kyiv by the Democratic Administration because “You can’t give Ukraine a blank check”.
On a historic visit to Washington in late December, Zelensky spoke as a guest of honor before the us congress and claimed in that address that money for his country is not charity, but “a investment in global security and democracy”.
Burns’ visit comes at a time of escalation in the ukrainian warwith intense battles in the east of the country, in the city of Bakhmut, where heavy casualties are taking place on both sides.
This Thursday, USA and several European countries announced substantial supplies of armored vehicles, artillery and ammunitionon the eve of a crucial meeting between kyiv and its allies.
The Pentagon submitted a list for $2.5 billion in suppliesincluding bradley infantry fighting vehiclesa large number of armored personnel carriers, Avenger air defense systemsas well as large and small ammunition.
The United Kingdom announced that it will send 600 Brimstone missiles; Denmark offered to donate 19 French-made Caesar howitzer and Sweden promised its system of Archer artillery.
The announcement of the weapons came a day before authorities from some 50 countriesincluding the 30 NATO memberswill meet in Ramstein, Germany, to discuss aid for Ukraine.
Regarding the appointment, Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky said Thursday that kyiv hopes “strong decisions” and “strong military support from the United States.”
For his part, he German Chancellor Olaf Scholzfaces mounting pressure in Europe to authorize the sale of Leopard tanks before the appointment.
In it World Economic Forum Davos, Scholz told US congressmen that Germany would supply heavy tanks to Ukraine if the US didhe told the news agency AFP an American legislator.
Meanwhile, the Kremlin warned of a conflict escalation to “a new level” if the West complies with the latest Ukrainian requests for long range weapons.
(With information from Europa Press, EFE and AFP)
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