U.S. Secretary of Defense Austin visited Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, and met with President Zelensky. Even as it has been pointed out that support for Ukraine is tired in the United States, it seems that the aim was to show that support is unwavering.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Austin visited Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, on the 20th without prior notice and met with President Zelensky.
At a press conference after the meeting, Secretary Austin revealed that he had conveyed to Ukraine that he would provide Ukraine with additional ammunition equivalent to 1 million dollars, or 148.<> billion yen in Japan yen, and stressed that "we will work to ensure that Ukraine has what it needs to succeed on the battlefield."
On the other hand, the Ukrainian President's Office said that President Zelensky explained the situation on the front line and future goals at the meeting, and emphasized the importance of an uninterrupted supply of weapons and ammunition.
Last week, the U.S. Congress passed a new "bridging budget" bill to secure an immediate budget before the expiration of the interim "bridging budget," but the Biden administration's request for Ukraine was opposed by some Republicans and was not included.
Secretary Austin seems to have aimed to show that the support of the United States is unwavering even as support fatigue is pointed out in the United States by meeting directly with President Zelensky.