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21:47 23 May 2022

20 countries announced new security aid to Ukraine, Pentagon reports

Twenty countries have announced new security assistance packages for Ukraine, including critical artillery systems and ammunition.

At a briefing, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin stated this after the second Ukraine Contact Group meeting, which took place by video conference, European Pravda reports.

"Others came forward with new commitments for training Ukraine's forces and sustaining its military systems," Austin added.

A total of 47 countries participated in the contact group's second meeting, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said.

Austin said he would personally hold the third meeting of the Contact Group in Brussels on June 15.

"I will convene the Contact Group for our third meeting next month and will gather in person this time, on June 15, in the margins of the NATO defense ministerial in Brussels," Austin said. "Of course, it won't be a NATO event, but we want to keep up the, up, keep up the tempo of these meetings, and I wanted to use my travel to Europe to ensure that we're building on our momentum."

To recap, the defense ministers of more than 40 countries held an online meeting on the war in Ukraine.

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