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Ramstein-18: MoD names 'crucial components' for Ukraine's breakthrough

Ramstein-18: MoD names 'crucial components' for Ukraine's breakthrough Photo: Minister of Defense of Ukraine Rustem Umerov (Getty Images)

During today's meeting of the Contact Group on Defense of Ukraine in the Ramstein format, the Ukrainian Minister of Defense, Rustem Umerov, outlined the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for a breakthrough, according to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

The minister stated that sufficient quantities of equipment and ammunition, technical maintenance, and spare parts are "crucial components for success."

"However, innovation and significant technological progress are needed for a breakthrough. That's why in 2024, defense technologies will play a crucial role on the agenda of the Ministry of Defense," the official emphasized.

Umerov also expressed gratitude to all partner countries supporting the Armed Forces of Ukraine, particularly in developing coalition capabilities. At the same time, he stressed the critical need to expand long-term military aid packages.

It is noted that the Ministry of Defense is ready to co-invest in technologies and joint production, share combat experience, and facilitate the signing of long-term contracts with interested companies.

Members of Ukrainian delegation

At the 18th Ramstein, the Ukrainian delegation, besides Umerov, also includes:

  • Lieutenant General Oleksandr Pavlyuk (First Deputy Minister of Defense)

  • General Valerii Zaluzhnyi (Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces)

  • Lieutenant General Serhiy Shaptala (Chief of the General Staff)

  • Lieutenant General Kyrylo Budanov (Head of the Main Intelligence Directorate)

  • Roman Mashovets (Deputy Head of the Office of the President)

  • Major General Vadym Skibitskyi (Deputy Chief of the Main Military Intelligence Directorate)

Ramstein-18 began on January 23, and during the meeting, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin urged participants to provide the Ukrainian Armed Forces with "more lifesaving ground-based air-defense systems and interceptors."