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US Def Sec-Without Our Support "Putin Will Be Successful"


Speaking at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III states that without continued US support then Russia will be successful in its invasion of Ukraine. Austin: "I can guarantee you that without our support, Putin will be successful...If we pull the rug out from under [Kyiv] now, Putin will only get stronger and he will be successful in doing what he wants to do in acquiring his neighbour's sovereign territory."

  • Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) also voiced his support on the Senate floor for Ukraine (and Israel) funding, stating "So at the risk of repeating myself: the threats facing America and our allies are serious, and they’re intertwined. If we ignore that fact, we do so at our own peril."
  • The entreaties from Biden administration officials and Senate Republicans comes amid an effort from House Republicans to halt further military aid for Ukraine. For the latest on the Biden administration's efforts to get a national security package through Congress please see ourUS Daily Brief.

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