Top US officials visit Kyiv as war casts pall over Orthodox Easter

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Kyiv (Ukraine) (AFP) – The United States’ top diplomat and defence chief were in Kyiv Sunday, Ukraine’s presidency said, making the first high-level visit by US officials since Russia invaded its neighbour two months ago, as fierce fighting cast a shadow over Orthodox Easter. The trip by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin comes as the war enters its third month, with thousands dead and millions displaced, and as Kyiv desperately sought relief for Ukrainians trapped in the battered city of Mariupol. Presidential advisor Oleksiy Arestovych said Ukrainian leader …

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