Austin, who, like other official visits since the beginning of the war, arrived in the Ukrainian capital by train from Poland, is to meet high-ranking Ukrainian officials.
“I have come to deliver an important message – the United States will continue to stand with Ukraine and its fight for freedom against Russian aggression, now and in the future,” Austin said.
This is the second trip of the head of the Pentagon to Ukraine since last February 24, when the Russian army invaded the country. But today’s takes place under very different circumstances. Austin was last in Kyiv in April 2022, when Ukraine managed to maintain the full support of the Western world.
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But the conflict in the Gaza Strip is now diverting attention from the events in Eastern Europe, AP notes, according to which Washington has sent two groups of aircraft carriers, dozens of fighter jets and thousands of US military personnel to the Middle East. The United States also bombs Iranian-backed militias that regularly attack American bases in Iraq and Syria.
Ukraine has so far received weapons worth more than $44 billion (987 billion crowns) from the United States and $35 billion (785 billion) from other allies. The supplied equipment includes, among other things, millions of projectiles, air defense systems and advanced European and American tanks.
Ukraine is also seeking to acquire F-16s, American-made fighter jets, to better counter the Russian air force in war. Several European states, such as the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium and Norway, pledged to provide Kyiv with these aircraft in August this year. According to previous information, the United States will not prevent the transfer of this technology to Ukraine.
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