United States Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg arrived in the capital of Ukraine on 8 November for an unannounced visit.
United States Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink announced this on 8 November, the CFTS portal reports.
"Happy to welcome Pete Buttigieg to Ukraine. Our message today is clear: the United States supports Ukraine and the Ukrainian people," Brink wrote on the social media platform X.
Buttigieg himself commented on his visit: "From the time Russia launched its full-scale invasion, I’ve kept close contact with my Ukrainian counterpart about impacts on global supply chains, particularly port and rail infrastructure." He added that the purpose of his visit was to deliver on an important request to appoint an infrastructure advisor in Kyiv.
"Today, I’m in Kyiv to deliver on a top ask to place an infrastructure advisor here," Buttigieg tweeted. "This advisor will be in Kyiv to provide technical assistance on project delivery as part of the country’s rebuilding efforts. This is one of countless ways the U.S. continues to stand with the people of Ukraine for the long haul and ensure its connection to the world."
Buttigieg met with the leadership of Ukraine's transport industry in Washington a year ago. The main topic of discussion at the time was the reconstruction and development of Ukraine’s infrastructure and the search for new logistics solutions in the face of Russian aggression.