The US says it will continue to provide Ukraine with security, economic and humanitarian assistance. Meanwhile, Kyiv claims it has carried out a number of attacks on Russian-occupied territory.
In a call with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy, US President Joe Biden reiterated Washington's strong support for the war-torn country and highlighted his administration's efforts to boost Ukraine's air defense, the White House said.
Biden mentioned the December 9 announcement of $275 million (€261 million) in additional ammunition and equipment that included systems to counter the Russian use of unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as the November 29 announcement of $53 million to support Ukraine's energy infrastructure.
He also welcomed Zelenskyy's "stated openness to a just peace based on fundamental principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter." On the call, Biden emphasized the "ongoing US support for Ukraine's defense as Russia continues its assaults on Ukraine's critical infrastructure."
Weapons supplied by the Western countries, including from the US, have played a crucial role in Ukraine's efforts to drive Russian troops back.
Thanking Biden for the recent security package in a "fruitful conversation," Zelenskyy said that they "discussed further defense cooperation, protection and maintenance of our energy sector."
Biden reaffirmed the US commitment to continue providing Ukraine with security, economic and humanitarian assistance, holding Russia accountable for its war crimes and atrocities, and imposing costs on Russia for its aggression.