Antony Blinken Discussed Ukraine’s Security Needs With Foreign Minister

( On Saturday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Poland at a border crossing where Ukrainian refugees were fleeing Russia’s invasion.

Under high security, the two spoke for less than an hour where they discussed more military aid and ways to keep up global pressure on the Kremlin.

After the meeting, Foreign Minister Kuleba told reporters that Ukraine is “satisfied” with the anti-tank weapons and ammunition, but said he had urged Blinken to increase the supply of weapons to Ukraine, especially heavy air defense systems and fighter jets. Kuleba added that it was no secret air defense is Ukraine’s “highest demand.”

Secretary Blinken told reporters that Ukraine is “going to prevail.”

Kuleba expressed frustration over NATO’s rejection of establishing a no-fly zone over Ukraine, calling it “ a sign of weakness.” The Ukrainian people, Kuleba added, are the ones who pay the price “for the reluctance of NATO to act.”

While Kuleba said he was grateful for the global coordination to impose heavy sanctions on Russia, he expressed concern that countries might grow tired of implementing the sanctions, especially if the sanctions on Russia cause economic hardship at home.

Kuleba told reporters that Ukraine would “win this war anyway” because the people fighting against Russia are fighting for their land. “The question is the price,” he said.

Kuleba said the price Ukraine pays “will be lower” if its allies and partners “continue to take bold systemic decisions to step up economic and political pressure” and if they continue supplying Ukraine with weapons.

But the moment countries begin experiencing “sanctions fatigue,” Kuleba said, “then more people in Ukraine will be dying.”

On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a Zoom address to a joint session of Congress where he demanded fighter jets and a no-fly zone over Ukraine. Zelensky also presented a video of the death and destruction from the war, no doubt created for the fullest emotional impact to pull at the heartstrings of lawmakers.

And it worked. Many lawmakers who opposed supplying Ukraine with more weapons were now demanding that the US supply Ukraine with more weapons.

Later that day, President Biden signed an order to provide Ukraine with another $800 million in military aid. This is in addition to the $13.6 billion Congress approved and the $200 million Biden ordered last week.