During the meeting of Ukraine Defense Contact Group, a collection of countries working to provide Ukraine with what it needs to battle Russia’s invasion, the secretary as well as Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, addressed the media.
Ukraine is important. “It matters to the entire globe, not just Ukraine or the U.S.,” the secretary declared. “This has to do with the international system based on rules. It concerns one nation’s capacity to one day arouse, alter its neighbour’s borders, and annex its neighbour’s sovereign land.
Seeing how severe this threat to the status quo is, nations worldwide are cooperating. It is the reason why 50 countries continued to attend the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group meetings after they first convened, according to Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III. “And they continue to put in a lot of effort to make sure Ukraine has everything it needs to succeed. And that’ll continue to be our main priority.
Also mentioned by the secretary was Russia’s “dangerous, careless, and unprofessional behaviour in the international airspace above the Black Sea” yesterday. Russian jets fired fuel onto a U.S. MQ-9 drone flying in international airspace on a regular mission. The uncrewed aerial aircraft crashed after being hit by a Russian plane.
Austin claimed that Russian pilots have a history of acting aggressively, recklessly, and unsafely in international airspace. “I’ve just gotten off the phone with [Defense Minister Sergei] Shoigu, my Russian colleague. And as I’ve stated time and time again, it’s critical that significant nations serve as examples of openness and dialogue.
And wherever international law permits, the United States will keep flying and conducting business. Russia has a responsibility to fly its military aircraft skillfully and safely.
The contact group is an outward sign of the group’s cohesion and willingness to assist Ukraine’s struggle for independence. The secretary announced, “We were joined again today by over 50 nations of goodwill worldwide. And they all recognize how important it is for everyone who upholds the fundamental ideals of sovereignty, self-determination, and freedom for Ukraine to defend itself against Russian aggression.
Oleksii Reznikov, the Ukrainian defence minister, spoke to the audience on his nation’s objectives and requirements in the face of Russian aggression. Ukrainian service members have resisted Russia with tenacity while using weapons the contact group countries provided.
Austin stated, “Ukraine has been supplied by more than 40 countries, despite Russia’s attempts to grind down Ukraine in an attrition war. “At the same time, Moscow had to rely on Iran and North Korea and use hardware from World War II. Russia is therefore running out of resources and allies.
Chairman Milley asserted that Ukraine has never been a danger to Russia. The general claimed that Russia had started a war of aggression and had been flagrantly breaking international law for over a year. “This is, and it will remain a Russian frontal assault on the 80-year-old rules-based international order.”
The contact group maintains its cohesion in this war of conquest. “NATO is cohesive. The Ukrainian people are obstinate and resisting the Russian assault with steadfastness, he stated. “Russia remains isolated, its military resources are quickly running out, the soldiers are unprepared, unmotivated conscripts and prisoners, and their leadership is failing them,” the author writes.
The Bakhmut Fight carries on. According to Milley, the Wagner group and the Russian regular military are paying a very high price since Ukraine has fixed the Russian soldiers in that city. The general said, “Ukraine is still strong.
This is a grinding, attrition battle Russia is trying to carry out. “Without any synchronized organization or direction, wave after wave of Soviet men is plunged into the chaos of combat. Russia is still paying dearly for its ongoing war of choice regarding human life and military hardware.
Vladimir Putin cannot achieve his strategic goals, according to Milley. Putin should understand that these goals cannot be achieved by escalating the conflict, Milley added. “Putin can end this war. He can terminate it right now. And he must do it. The Ukrainian people are free and will never stop fighting to maintain their freedom. Free people are not easily conquered.