At the US airbase in Germany, a meeting of the International advisory group ended a few hours ago. Some political scientists call this meeting more meaningful and productive than the EU meetings and the 6th package of sanctions.
The conference was organized by US secretary of defense Lloyd Austin. The representative from Ukraine at the meeting was Oleksii Reznikov, minister of defense. Main areas of discussion:
• The current state of the war in Ukraine;
• Weapons necessary for Ukraine to defeat Russia;
• Restoration of Ukraine in the post-war period.
"We are here to help Ukraine win the battle against unwarranted Russian invasion and build Ukrainian defenses for tomorrow's challenges," Lloyd Austin.
The day before the conference at the American Ramstein airbase in Germany, Austin and Blinken visited Kyiv and discussed with president Zelenskyy the ongoing US support and logistics needed by Ukraine. Ukraine's demands are changing as the battle has moved to the east and south of the country. According to the US secretary of defense, the departments of his state "will do everything possible to defeat Russia."
"This visit only underscored the urgency that we all share. I want this group to come apart today with a shared and transparent understanding of Ukraine's medium-term security needs because we will continue to do everything we can to respond to them. The current coordination mechanism can become even stronger with your help, and we can do more with our defense manufacturing base to continue helping Ukraine defend itself in an even better way," Lloyd Austin.
The first results of the meeting are already available:
- Germany will hand over anti-aircraft self-propelled guns Gepard to Ukraine. We remind you that Ukraine has repeatedly requested these installations from Germany, and on April 24, the German company Rheinmetall Landsysteme sent a request to Olaf Scholz for the supply of installations to Ukraine;
- France will transfer CAESAR self-propelled artillery mounts to Ukraine, preliminary in the amount of 150 units;
- The UK will send Starstreak anti-aircraft missile systems to Ukraine and high velocity and low velocity anti-air missiles for 3 weeks. A further £100 mln worth of high grade military equipment.