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KYIV, Ukraine – As US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Ukraine, the Biden administration said Wednesday it would provide an additional $200 million in defensive military aid to the country amid growing fears of a Russian invasion.

A senior US State Department official said the aid was approved in late December as part of US efforts to help protect Ukraine. Until Wednesday, however, the administration declined to comment. The official was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly before Blinken’s meetings in Kyiv and spoke on condition of anonymity.

“We are committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and will continue to provide Ukraine with the support it needs,” the official said. The maintainer did not detail the contents of the help package.

The announcement came as Blinken opened a hastily organized visit to Kyiv as he and other administration officials ratcheted up warnings of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. The White House said on Tuesday that Russia could launch an attack in Ukraine at any time.

In comments to staff at the US Embassy in Kyiv, Blinken went further, saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin intended to significantly boost Moscow’s military presence near the Ukrainian border, which now numbers around 100. 000 soldiers.

“We know that there are plans in place to increase this force even further at very short notice and this gives President Putin the ability, also at very short notice, to take further aggressive action against Ukraine,” Blinken said.

After his meetings with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other top Ukrainian officials and a short trip to Berlin for talks with German and European allies on Thursday, Blinken will meet his Russian counterpart in Geneva on Friday. The meeting aims to test Russia’s will to resolve the crisis diplomatically, officials said.

“We are now at a stage where Russia could launch an attack in Ukraine at any time,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday. “And what Secretary Blinken is going to do is make it very clear that there is a diplomatic way forward.”

The administration and its European allies have accused Putin of creating the crisis by massing troops along Ukraine’s borders and it is up to him and the Russians to decide whether to invade and suffer serious economic consequences.

The United States has not concluded whether Putin planned to invade or whether the show of force was intended to secure security concessions without an actual conflict. Russia has brushed off calls for its troops to withdraw, saying it has the right to deploy its forces anywhere within its own territory.

The Blinken meetings follow inconclusive diplomatic talks between Moscow and the West in Europe last week that failed to resolve deep disagreements over Ukraine and other security issues.

Instead, those meetings appear to have heightened fears of a Russian invasion, and the Biden administration has accused Russia of plotting a “false flag operation” to use as a pretext for intervention. Russia angrily denied the accusation.

From Kiev, Blinken will travel to Berlin, where he will meet his German, British and French counterparts to discuss a possible response to any Russian military action. In Geneva on Friday, Blinken will test Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Russia’s interest in a “diplomatic exit ramp” for the crisis, the State Department said.

“The trip follows extensive diplomacy with our European allies and partners on a united approach to addressing the threat Russia poses to Ukraine and our joint efforts to encourage it to choose diplomacy and de-escalation in the interest in security and stability,” the department said. .

CIA Director William Burns visited Kyiv last Wednesday to consult with his Ukrainian counterparts and discuss current risk assessments for Ukraine, a US official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss of Burns’ program, which is classified. While there, he also discussed the current situation with Zelenskyy and efforts to defuse tensions.

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Blinken spoke by phone Tuesday with Lavrov, discussing diplomatic talks and meetings held over the past week. The State Department said Blinken “stressed the importance of pursuing a diplomatic path to defuse tensions” surrounding the Russian-Ukrainian situation and “reiterated the unwavering commitment of the United States” to sovereignty and peace. territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Russia has dismissed US claims that it is preparing a pretext to invade Ukraine. Lavrov dismissed the US claim as “total disinformation”.

Lavrov reiterated that Russia expects this week a written response from the United States and its allies to Moscow’s request for binding guarantees that NATO will not embrace Ukraine or any other ex-Soviet country or will not park its forces and its weapons.

Blinken stressed to Lavrov on Tuesday that any discussion of European security “must include NATO allies and European partners, including Ukraine,” the State Department said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Lavrov highlighted during the call with Blinken key aspects of the draft Russian documents envisaging “legally binding guarantees of Russia’s security in accordance with the principle of indivisibility of security.” endorsed by all countries of the Euro-Atlantic region”. He said Lavrov stressed the importance for Washington to quickly provide a written response to Russian proposals.

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Washington and its allies firmly rejected Moscow’s demands during last week’s US-Russian talks in Geneva and a related NATO-Russia meeting in Brussels.

The White House said on Friday that US intelligence officials had concluded that Russia had already deployed agents in rebel-held eastern Ukraine to carry out acts of sabotage there and blamed them on Ukraine for creating a pretext for a possible invasion.

Prior to Blinken’s visit to Kyiv, a delegation of US senators was visiting Ukraine to underscore Congress’ support for the country.

Speaking on a visit to Kyiv on Monday, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock warned that “any further escalation will come at a high price for the Russian regime – economic, political and strategic”, and she stressed the need to continue negotiations.

In 2014, Russia seized the Crimean peninsula after the ousting of the pro-Moscow Ukrainian leader and also backed a separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine. More than 14,000 people have been killed in nearly eight years of fighting between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces in the country’s industrial heartland called Donbass.

Putin warned that Moscow would take unspecified “military-technical measures” if the West blocked its demands.

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Associated Press writer Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow contributed to this report.

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