Speaking at a meeting in Germany to bolster support for Ukraine, Lloyd Austin also announced $675m more in US military aid. United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has hailed “demonstrable success” by Ukrainian forces on the battlefield while announcing the latest tranche in American military aid to Kyiv. Austin spoke at the opening of a meeting of allies in the so-called Ukraine Defense Contact Group at the US Ramstein airbase in Germany on Thursday, at which military leaders and ministers were set to discuss how to continue support for Ukraine in the long term.
While Western military support, including howitzers, anti-aircraft systems, helicopters, and small arms ammunition, has enabled “Ukraine to resist Russia’s ongoing onslaught”, he said the war is at another “key moment”. As Russian attacks are continuing, “now we’re seeing the demonstrable success of our common efforts on the battlefield”, Austin said, referring to Ukraine’s ongoing counteroffensive.