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Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call With Ukraine's Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov

May 9, 2022

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Ukrainian Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov to discuss Ukraine’s evolving battlefield needs. Secretary Austin highlighted the President’s May 6 announcement of $150 million in Presidential Drawdown Authority to provide Ukraine’s Armed Forces with artillery, counter-artillery radars, and electronic jamming equipment. Minister Reznikov shared his assessment of the situation on the ground in eastern Ukraine. Secretary Austin emphasized our enduring commitment to bolster Ukraine’s capacity to counter Russian aggression and updated Minister Reznikov on our ongoing coordination with Allies and partners on security assistance efforts.  

The leaders pledged to remain in close contact.