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Zelensky says Blinken and Austin will visit Ukraine on Sunday

“I don’t think it’s a secret that people from the US, Secretary of State Mr. Blinken and Secretary of Defense (Lloyd Austin) will come to us tomorrow,” Zelenskyj told a news conference at a metro station in the Ukrainian capital.

Zelensky also said, “We will expect security to allow the President of the United States to come and talk to us.”

Zelenskyj told CNN’s Jake Tapper last week that he would like President Joe Biden to visit Ukraine.

“I think so,” Zelenskyj said, adding that this was Biden’s decision and would depend on the security situation.

Earlier this month, Biden, who had previously suggested he wanted to go to Ukraine, said he was working with his team to decide whether to send a senior member of his administration to the country.

The White House and the State Department declined to comment on Blinken and Austin’s potential trip to Ukraine on Saturday.

CNN asked the US Department of Defense for an opinion.

Biden said on Thursday that the United States would send an additional $ 800 million in military aid to Ukraine as the Russian invasion soon entered its third month, warning US officials that it could be a potentially bloody new phase.

New supplies include heavy artillery and 144,000 pieces of ammunition.

Earlier this month, the US sent a package of military aid of a similar size, which included Mi-17 helicopters, Howitzer cannons, Switchblade drones and protective equipment.

This story has been updated with more details.

CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, Kylie Atwood and Kevin Liptak contributed to the report.