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Ukraine can win war with Russia according to Def. Sec. Lloyd Austin | USA TODAY


Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke to allies and emphasized the strength of the Ukrainian military.

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A meeting of defense officials from more than three dozen nations Tuesday helped unify the West’s efforts to aid Ukraine “win today and build strength for tomorrow,” U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said. “Countries all around the world have been stepping up to meet Ukraine’s urgent needs,” Austin said following the meeting at the U.S. Ramstein Air Base in Germany. “We’ve got to move at the speed of war.”

Austin said Germany, which had balked to providing heavy weaponry to Ukraine, had agreed to send 50 anti-aircraft weapons to the embattled nation now in its third month of a grueling war against Russia’s invading force. Austin lauded “countries all around the world that have been stepping up to meet Ukraine’s urgent needs.”

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