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Pentagon Chief promises to continue supply of weapons to Ukraine

KYIV. March 16 (Interfax-Ukraine) – U.S. Pentagon Chief Lloyd Austin said the United States and allies will continue to supply weapons to Ukraine and train Ukrainian servicemen.

“We must keep going, so we’re going to help Ukraine sustain the tanks, the infantry fighting vehicles and other armored vehicles that are making their way into the front lines, and we’re going to continue urgently training Ukrainian soldiers,” Austin said at a press conference after the meeting of Ukraine Defense Contact Group.

“We’re going to keep looking into our stocks and into our budget to resupply Ukraine throughout the year,” he said.

Austin said the United States and allies continue to work to provide new assistance to Kyiv.

The minister said “our fellow Contact Group members also know that we have to deliver [weapons] swiftly and fully on our promised commitments.”

In particular, Austin said Sweden promised to provide Ukraine with ten Leopard tanks and “key air defense systems” and the Netherlands intends to conclude new contracts for the supply of weapons.