U.S. approves up to $675M in further military aid to Ukraine

The package includes howitzers, artillery munitions, Humvees, armored ambulances, anti-tank systems and more, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said

September 08, 2022 02:44 pm | Updated 02:48 pm IST - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE (GERMANY)

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin attends a meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group at the American military’s Ramstein Air Base, near Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany, on September 8, 2022.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin attends a meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group at the American military’s Ramstein Air Base, near Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany, on September 8, 2022. | Photo Credit: Reuters

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says President Joe Biden has approved additional military aid to Ukraine worth up to $675 million.

Mr. Austin said at the start of a meeting on Thursday with senior officials from allied countries at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany that Mr. Biden approved the latest tranche of U.S. assistance on Wednesday.

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Mr. Austin said that “the (Russia-Ukraine) war is at another key moment,” with Ukrainian forces beginning their counteroffensive in the south of the country. He said that “now we’re seeing the demonstrable success of our common efforts on the battlefield.”

“The face of the war is changing and so is the mission of this contact group,” Mr. Austin told the meeting of the Ukraine Defence Contact Group, which was attended by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Ukraine’s defense minister as well as officials from allied countries.

“We will work together to train Ukraine’s forces for the long haul. We will work together to help integrate Ukraine’s capabilities and bolster its joint operations for the long haul,” he said.

“We will work together to upgrade our defense industrial basis to meet Ukraine’s requirements for the long haul, and we will work together for production and innovation to meet Ukraine’s self-defense needs for the long haul.” “We must evolve as the fight evolves,” Mr. Austin said. 

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