Lloyd Austin made a big statement after reaching Kiev. Austin made a big statement after reaching Kiev

By Pooja Bhardwaj November 21, 2023 8:09 AM IST

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There was a meeting between Volodymyr Zelensky and Lloyd Austin in Kiev.

Kyiv: In the last few days, the news of war between Israel and Hamas is passing more and more in front of people’s eyes, and it seems that the world’s attention has been diverted from the Russia-Ukraine war. However, America does not want to let Ukraine feel alone at any cost. This is the reason why US Defense Minister Lloyd Austin made an unannounced visit to Kiev on Monday. This visit of Austin has happened to ensure continuous supply of money and weapons to Ukraine. Let us tell you that America and international resources have been affected due to new global risks arising from the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Austin reached Kiev by train

Austin, who arrived in Kiev by train from Poland, met President Volodymyr Zelensky and Defense Minister Rustam Umerov. He said Ukraine’s efforts to repel the Russian attack “matter to the rest of the world” and would continue to receive US support “for a long time.” Zelensky said Austin’s visit was ‘a very important signal for Ukraine.’ He thanked the US Parliament, Congress as well as American citizens for their support, saying, ‘We are confident in your support.’ This is Austin’s second visit to Kiev.

‘US will stand with Ukraine’

Austin’s first visit took place in April 2022, just two months after the Russian attack. At present, the entire world’s attention has focused towards West Asia and the Russia-Ukraine war that has been going on for almost 21 months is showing signs of fatigue. Austin posted on ‘X’, ‘I am here today to deliver an important message, America will stand with Ukraine in its fight for freedom against Russian aggression.’ But the fight in Gaza may draw attention and resources from the fight in Ukraine.


Ukraine has received billions of dollars of help

Since the October 7 attack by Hamas on Israel and subsequent weeks of devastating Israeli bombing of Gaza, the US has acted quickly to prevent those attacks from turning into a regional war, killing more than 10,000 civilians. have been killed. Ukraine has so far received $44 billion worth of arms from the United States and more than $35 billion from other allies, ranging from millions of bullets to air defense systems, advanced battle tanks, and ultimately the promised supply of F-16 fighter jets. Is included.

Ukraine may face problems in future

Ukraine still needs more aid and is beginning to see shortages after nearly 20 months of arms supplies. Some European countries, such as Poland, have reduced support in view of the need to maintain adequate capabilities for their own defence. However, as winter sets in, ground conditions will make it more difficult for both sides to make major gains. This could go against Ukraine if US lawmakers feel there is time to wait before requiring more money.

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