DefSec Austin Vows to Support Ukraine ‘For as Long as It Takes’

DefSec Austin Vows to Support Ukraine ‘For as Long as It Takes’

January 20, 2023

At a meeting in Germany of a U.S.-led group of nations known as the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Friday that the United States will support Ukraine “for as long as it takes” a day after the U.S. announced another multibillion-dollar assistance package for the country.

The total U.S. military assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of 2021 is $27.5 billion. The U.S. has allocated more than $100 billion in aid since the conflict began in February 2022.

“We will support Ukraine’s self-defense for as long as it takes,” Austin pledged at the beginning of the meeting. He also encouraged countries to “dig even deeper” to support Ukraine.

“[W]e need to keep up our momentum and our resolve. We need to dig even deeper. This is a decisive moment for Ukraine in a decisive decade for the world,” he said.

The conflict has lasted 11 months so far, with no end in sight.

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