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Ukrainian Defense Minister talks with Pentagon on strengthening army

Ukrainian Defense Minister talks with Pentagon on strengthening army Ukraine's Defense Minister Rustem Umerov (photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Defense Minister Rustem Umerov revealed the details of his phone conversation with Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin.

"I had a weekly phone conversation with my American counterpart, Secretary Lloyd Austin. We discussed current security assistance priorities and joint steps to strengthen the capabilities of the Ukrainian army," he said.

During the conversation, Umerov also emphasized the massive attack by Russian drones on Ukrainian cities and critical infrastructure on the Day of Remembrance of the Holodomor Victims.

"I am grateful to Secretary Austin for his steadfast support," the minister added.

Military assistance from the United States

On October 1, the U.S. Congress passed a temporary budget bill. It did not include any new funding for assistance to Ukraine, as it was decided to consider this initiative separately.

After that, US President Joe Biden proposed that Congress allocate $106 billion. The majority of these funds ($60 billion) are to be used to help Ukraine. The package also included aid to Israel.

Recently, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that the United States had allocated a new military aid package for Ukraine.

Politico wrote that Ukraine wants to receive short-range Sentinel radars from the United States to track ballistic missiles and other objects.