US weapons helping stabilise Ukraine’s front line, Blinken says

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Moldova's President Maia Sandu arrive to give a joint press conference Wednesday at the Moldovan Presidency in Chisinau, Moldova. (Vadim Ghirda/Pool via REUTERS)

CHISINAU — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that American weapons being delivered to Kyiv were helping stabilise the front line in Ukraine amid intensifying Russian attacks and that Washington would “adapt and adjust” its support.

The top U.S. diplomat travelled to the Moldovan capital Chisinau, holding talks with pro-Western President Maia Sandu on the first stop of a brief European tour aimed at solidifying support for Kyiv among NATO allies and neighbouring countries.


Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned of the threat of a global conflict if Kyiv’s Western allies allow it to use weapons they have supplied to strike inside Russia, something Ukraine’s government is urging its partners to permit.

The U.S. has said it does not encourage or enable the use of U.S. weapons for direct attacks on Russia, but Blinken said it would “adjust and adapt”, when asked at a press conference about Washington’s current position on the matter.

“I think what you’ve seen over the two plus years, as the nature of the battlefield has changed, as the locations, the means that Russia is employing changed, we’ve adapted and adjusted to that … That’s exactly what we’ll do going forward,” he said.

White House national security spokesman John Kirby also noted that U.S. support for Ukraine has evolved with battlefield conditions. “And that’s not going to change,” he told reporters in Washington. “But, right now, there’s also no change to our policy.”

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged members of the Western military alliance this week to lift restrictions on the use of their weapons to allow Ukraine to strike “legitimate military targets” inside Russia.

Blinken said the U.S. weapons supplies were now having a “real effect” and that Putin had not been able to achieve his goals in the Kharkiv area in northeastern Ukraine where Russian forces launched an offensive this month, opening a new front.

“On the contrary, I think what we see, again, stabilisation of the front and a failure in terms of Putin’s objectives,” he said.

Moldovan aid

Speaking alongside president Sandu on Wednesday, Blinken pledged $50 million in aid for Moldova and lasting U.S. support, saying the country had shown an “extraordinary resilience” in the face of Russian “bullying” and “interference efforts”.

Under Sandu, Moldova has staunchly condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and set its sights on joining the European Union.

Sandu said Blinken’s visit was “a strong sign of support” for Moldova.

“Through unity and with the support of our partners, we will stand by our people and move forward.”

Moldova, which is due to hold a referendum in October to cement its bid to join the EU into its constitution, is a vocal supporter of Ukraine and sees its own security as closely tied to Kyiv’s ability to hold back Russian forces.

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