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US Def Sec-Kremlin Thinks It Can Wait Us Out On Ukraine


US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III speaking ahead of the meetings of NATO defence ministers and the Ukraine Defense Contact Group. States that "We reaffirm our support to a free Ukraine...Ukraine has shown that it will prevail....[the US and NATO] will support Ukraine over the long haul....That shared resolve will sustain Ukraine's momentum in the weeks ahead...The Kremlin is still betting that it can wait us out."

  • Austin states that 'Ukraine has urgent requirements.' This echoes comments from NATO Sec-Gen Jens Stoltenberg on 13 Feb, stating that Ukraine's allies would need to accelerate ammunition production to ensure stockpiles remain sufficient. Ukraine also seeking to take possession of main battle tanks as soon as possible to repel Russian spring offensive already underway in some areas.

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