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Blinken takes anti-graft message, old Russia foe to Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived in Ukraine carrying a tough anti-graft message and strong U.S. backing for the country’s response to Russian aggression. Blinken has also brought along a familiar face in the long-running Washington-Moscow tug-of-war over Ukraine: Victoria Nuland, now the No. 3 State Department official. His visit comes at a time of heightened U.S. tensions with Russia, and the mere presence in Kyiv of Nuland is likely to irritate Russia. Nuland is a Russia hawk who was a target of Moscow’s attacks on the U.S. during the Obama administration. Blinken meets Thursday with Ukraine’s president, foreign minister, members of its parliament and civic leaders.

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