Zelenskiy welcomes Blinken in Kyiv

STORY: Blinken’s second visit to the Ukrainian capital since Russia's February invasion comes as Ukraine reported progress in its effort to retake territory seized by Russia near Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv.

Meeting President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at his fortified presidential administration building in Kyiv, Blinken said his visit came at a "pivotal moment" for Ukraine, noting the counteroffensive was proving effective.

"I think the reason for this success is that this is your homeland, not Russia’s, and it’s as basic as that," Blinken told Zelenskiy.