The United States “won’t let President [Vladimir] Putin impose his will on other nations,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday in Finland, where he delivered an address on Russia’s war in Ukraine. Blinken said the United States is committed to helping build Ukraine’s military strength and called for long-term investment.
“Let me say directly to the Russian people: The United States is not your enemy,” he said from the Finnish capital, Helsinki, as he was wrapping up a Nordic tour. “We cannot choose your future for you, and we won’t try to do so.”
In Ukraine, the army’s commander said air defenses shot down more than 30 missiles and drones in a new round of Russian air attacks overnight. Air raid sirens blared around the country early Friday, from the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, to the Black Sea port of Odessa.
Here is the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
NATO officials, many speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal planning, described proposals for agreements with Ukraine “along the lines of those that have channeled billions of dollars a year in U.S. military aid to Israel,” they write.
Missy Ryan and Christian Shepherd contributed to this report.