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Blinken says Ukraine has made ‘significant progress’ in counteroffensive

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks throughout a news conference following the U.S.-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue, in Mexico City, Mexico September 12, 2022. REUTERS/Raquel Cunha/Pool

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MEXICO CITY, Sept 12 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that it had been still start in Ukraine’s counteroffensive contrary to the Russian military, but Ukrainian forces have made “significant progress.”

Blinken, in Mexico for economic talks, was asked for his assessment of recent developments in Ukraine.

Ukrainian troops have recaptured a large number of towns in recent days, after Moscow abandoned its main bastion in northeastern Ukraine on Saturday marking its worst defeat because the start of the war. read more

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“What they will have done is quite methodically planned out not to mention it’s benefited from significant support from america and several other countries with regards to ensuring Ukraine has in its hands the gear it requires to prosecute this counteroffensive,” Blinken said throughout a news conference in Mexico City.

Blinken said the Ukraine conflict was more likely to continue for quite a while as Russia still has very significant forces and arms in Ukraine that it had been still using “indiscriminately” against civilians and civilian infrastructure.

“Russia committed this aggression. I believe given the purchase price that it is paying, it could and really should stop it,” he said.

Blinken also said Iran’s reaction to a EU proposal on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal makes the prospects for an agreement in the near term unlikely. read more

“I cannot provide you with a timeline except to state, again, that Iran seems either unwilling or struggling to do what’s essential to reach an agreement.”

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Reporting by Dave Graham, Anthony Esposito and Simon Lewis; Editing by Christopher Cushing & Shri Navaratnam

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