Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin pays a surprise visit to Ukraine

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — During his surprise visit to Ukraine on Monday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced more help is on the way.

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“Ukraine is important. What is happening here is important not only for Ukraine but for the whole world.”

The US is sending additional air defense capabilities, artillery ammunition and anti-tank weapons.

Austin praised the Ukrainian president for how his country used previous aid.

The minister reiterated the United States’ commitment to the country, especially given the fighting during the winter months.

“They did a great job last year. This year we expect that they will only be guided by the President’s words. President Zelensky has said that they should act even more aggressively,” he said.

The White House believes it is right to approve more aid.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said: “The brave people of Ukraine continue to fight against the aggression we see against them from Russia. It is their fight against tyranny.”

Later this week, Secretary Austin will also host the 17thTh Meeting of the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group, which includes about 50 nations.

The group will discuss providing additional assistance to Ukraine.

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