Ukrainian President Zelenskyy says Blinken, Austin to visit Sunday

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Ukrainian President Zelenskyy says Blinken, Austin to visit Sunday

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit his war-torn country on Sunday.

On April 24th, Zelenskyy said that both officials will be arriving in Kyiv, while answering questions during a press conference.

The White House, the National Security Council and the State DepartmentState Department don't want to comment on Zelenskyy's remarks. According to two defense officials, the Pentagon won't say anything about the claim from the Ukrainian president.

Since Russia invaded the country in late February, their trip would mark the highest level of U.S. officials to visit.

Two Republican lawmakers traveled to Kyiv earlier this month, becoming the first U.S. officials who have visited Ukraine during the war. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana and Rep. Victoria Spartz of Indiana visited suburbs in the capital and mass graves in nearby Bucha.

Zelenskyy has repeatedly requested President Joe Biden to visit the country, but White House officials have said such a trip is highly unlikely to happen in the near future.

Russia's attempts to gain control of Mariupol have been slowed by Ukraine's resistance, which has prevented them from making major gains in the past 24 hours, according to an intelligence briefing from the United Kingdom's defense ministry on Saturday.

This is a developing story.