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In an unannounced visit to Ukraine, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday.

Austin took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to share his experience, writing, “I was honored to meet with President @ZelenskyyUa in Kyiv today to reaffirm the United States’ steadfast support for Ukraine.” His post included a photo with Zelensky and another of their meeting with aides.

During his visit, Austin emphasized the ongoing support from the US and its allies for Ukraine. Secretary Austin said, “I’m here today to deliver an important message – the United States will continue to stand with Ukraine in their fight for freedom against Russia’s aggression, both now and into the future.” He added, “We, along with our allies and partners, will continue to support Ukraine’s urgent battlefield needs and long-term defense requirements.”

This commitment comes at a time when the US Congress is yet to approve President Biden’s latest supplemental funding requests, including aid for Ukraine and Israel. Public sentiment in the US regarding funding for Ukraine has seen some shifts recently, particularly with the rising conflict in Gaza.

Austin’s visit is his second to Kyiv, following his initial trip shortly after the war’s outbreak in April 2022. The US has been a significant supporter of Ukraine, contributing billions of dollars worth of weapons, tanks, ammunition, humanitarian aid, fuel, and budgetary support.


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