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U.S. and Ukrainian defense ministers discuss security assistance

U.S. and Ukrainian defense ministers discuss security assistance Ukraine's Defense Minister Rustem Umerov (Photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine).

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke with Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov via telephone today, informing the U.S. Department of Defense.

The Defense Ministers of Ukraine and the United States discussed security assistance during a phone call.

"Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke by phone today with Ukrainian Minister of Defence Rustem Umerov to discuss the latest on the situation on the ground. Secretary Austin condemned Russia's continued barrage of missile and Unmanned Aerial System attacks on Ukrainian cities and critical infrastructure. They also discussed security assistance priorities, as Ukraine continues to fight Russian aggression," the U.S. Department of Defense website says.

The two leaders promised to maintain close contact.

U.S. assistance to Ukraine

On October 1, the U.S. Congress approved a stopgap budget without allocating funds for Ukraine's assistance, and this matter will be addressed later.

President Joe Biden urged Congress to allocate 106 billion dollars, with 60 billion dollars earmarked for providing Ukraine with military aid to fend off Russian aggression. The remaining amount is intended for Israel to guarantee its security.

During a recent visit to Ukraine, the Secretary of Defense of the United States, Lloyd Austin, announced a new military aid package worth 100 million dollars.