United States diplomats will begin a gradual return to Ukraine this week, Washington’s secretary of state and defence chief said Monday, as they announced $700 million in military aid during their first war-time visit to Kyiv. The AFP news agency reports that the trip by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin — which the United States confirmed only after the two had left Ukrainian territory — came as the invasion enters its third month, with thousands dead and millions displaced. To read more about the trip, and the monetary pledge visit the News Blog page on the Future Media website.