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Immediate Release

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

Attributed to Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Ryder:

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Ukrainian Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov today to reiterate the unwavering U.S. commitment to supporting Ukraine. As Russia's unprovoked and indefensible full-scale invasion reaches the one-year mark, Secretary Austin praised Ukraine's courage and sacrifice that has inspired and rallied the international community to support its efforts to push back against Russian aggression. During the call, Secretary Austin also provided an update on U.S. security assistance efforts, including the $2 billion security assistance package announced today. Minister Reznikov provided an update of developments on the ground in Ukraine.

The two leaders pledged to remain in close contact.