WASHINGTON – U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III has confirmed unwavering American support for Ukraine amidst the ongoing conflict with Russia. Today, during his visit to Kiev, Austin met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss immediate emergency needs and long-term defense strategies.
The Pentagon chief’s visit underscores the U.S.’s commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as he engaged in talks focusing on a future force vision and winter combat readiness. Austin’s presence in Ukraine also served to reinforce the message of solidarity ahead of his role in chairing the virtual 17th Ukraine Defense Contact Group later this week from the Pentagon. This meeting is crucial as it aims to bolster international coordination in support of Ukraine, with around 50 nations expected to participate.
In related global diplomatic efforts, Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron held a phone call today advocating for the prevention of serious escalation in the Israel-Palestine conflict. They emphasized the importance of a two-state solution as a means to prevent further deterioration of the situation.
Secretary Austin’s visit to Kyiv and his announcement on social media highlight the strategic partnership between the United States and Ukraine. With Austin at the helm, the upcoming defense contact group meeting is set to play a pivotal role in shaping international defense assistance strategies amid ongoing Russian aggression.