Attributed to Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder:
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Ukrainian Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov to condemn Russia’s brutal air attacks on Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure and to reinforce the unwavering U.S. commitment to support Ukraine’s ability to counter Russia’s war of aggression. Secretary Austin reiterated air defense as a top priority for U.S. security assistance efforts, made evident by recent commitments to provide Ukraine additional munitions for U.S.-provided National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) as well as capabilities to counter Unmanned Aerial System.
The leaders pledged to remain in close contact.