Highlights

  • Zelenskyy meets top US officials in Kyiv
  • US state, defence secretaries in Ukraine
  • First visit since Russia's invasion in February

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It came as Ukraine pressed the West for more powerful weapons against Russia's campaign in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, where Moscow's forces sought to dislodge the last Ukrainian troops in the battered port of Mariupol.

The US secretaries of state and defense met Sunday night with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the highest-level visit to the war-torn country's capital by an American delegation since the start of Russia's invasion.

The meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was confirmed by presidential adviser in an interview on Ukrainian TV.

It came as Ukraine pressed the West for more powerful weapons against Russia's campaign in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, where Moscow's forces sought to dislodge the last Ukrainian troops in the battered port of Mariupol.

Also watch: Battle for Mariupol: Russia claims victory, Ukraine denies

The visit is the first by senior US officials since Russia invaded 60 days ago. Blinken stepped briefly onto Ukrainian soil in March to meet with the country's foreign minister during a visit to Poland. Zelenskyy's last face-to-face meeting with a top US official was February 19 in Munich with Vice President Kamala Harris.

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