Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Tuesday vowed that the US will keep moving “heaven and earth” to send weapons into Ukraine as Washington and its allies are pledging to intensify military aid for Kyiv. The Pentagon chief made the comments at a conference at the US Ramstein Air Base in Germany that was attended by military leaders from about 40 nations.
“I would like this whole group today to leave with a common and transparent understanding of Ukraine’s near-term security requirements because we are going to keep moving heaven and earth so that we can meet them,” Austin said in his opening remarks at the conference.
Austin, a former Raytheon board member, announced that a similar meeting on arming Ukraine will be held each month in a forum he dubbed the Ukraine Contact Group. “We’re going to extend this forum beyond today,” he said. “The group will be a vehicle for nations of good will to intensify our efforts, coordinate our assistance, and focus on winning today’s fight and the struggles to come.”
The formation of the group is the latest example of the US’s massive support for Ukraine in its fight against Russia. Since the invasion started on February 24, the US has pledged about $3.7 billion in military aid for Kyiv, and more is coming. The US’s European allies have also pledged to increase aid, including Germany, which announced at the conference that it is sending tanks to Ukraine for the first time.
Austin led the conference in Germany after he traveled to Kyiv with Secretary of State Antony Blinken to meet with Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv. After his short visit to the Ukrainian capital, Austin said in Poland on Monday that one of the US goals in Ukraine is to see a “weakened” Russia.
The US and most of its NATO allies have made it clear that they are digging in to support Ukraine against Moscow and isolate the Russian economy for the long term. The campaign is a boon for US arms makers, who are being asked to ramp up production and offer new weapons to meet Ukraine’s needs.
The massive support for Kyiv, which includes intelligence sharing to target Russian troops, risks provoking Moscow. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday that by giving Ukraine arms, NATO is “essentially entering into a proxy war.”
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At current rates of supplies to Ukraine, US arms stocks will run out in a matter of few months.
This is likely another reason why US is now suggesting a peace deal.
If we only “moved heaven and earth” to solve the homeless problem…or provide healthcare…or fix our highways/airport/bridges…
Oh wait, all of those things are secondary to war.
Stop being selfish, people in Ukraine don’t have the luxury of thinking about healthcare, they are dying along with their children.
Stop being an idiot. $4 billion later and they’re still dying along with their children. You can’t be dumb enough to think more weapons are going to help that situation. You said yourself that this was a cheap way to destroy Russia so stop pretending to care about Ukrainians.
Stop behaving like an idiot, caring about Ukrainians and neutering the Russian military aren’t two mutually exclusive things.
It’s the best way to protect other innocent countries that are unfortunate to share a border with Putin’s Russia.
Other than the fact that Russia will totally destroy Ukraine before they are neutered. Where in the f*ck do you think the war is taking place? But keep pretending if it makes you sleep better.
The war is taking place in eastern Ukraine because that’s where the invaders are, what the f*ck did you think?
Thanks to the support Ukraine has received, not all of Ukraine is experiencing what the citizens of Bucha had to go through.
But keep pretending if it makes you sleep better.
So, Ukrainians dying in eastern Ukraine is all right with you? Wasn’t this all about your concern for Ukrainians “dying along with their children”, as you put it? Prolonging it doesn’t save lives no matter how much you try to pretend that it does. The more weapons that pour in, the more people die. Russia CAN’T lose this war.
“So, Ukrainians dying in eastern Ukraine is all right with you?”
Absolutely not, but at least it’s soldiers that are fighting by their own, free will. It’s not innocent women and children that are being raped or killed. Which is why said soldiers are fighting so hard.
“Russia CAN’T lose this war”
Congratulations to being brainwashed.
They either get some guarentees to their security, as per their original demands, or this doesn’t end well kind of brainwashed? Guilty.
you mean innocent countries Over There that also have a NAZI affiliation in culture like
KILLING NAZIS IS THE DIALOG, IS THE ACTION.
Russia will try to kill
Kiddo, the biggest NAZI is in the Kremlin, his name is Putin.
And the second biggest one goes by the name Lukashenko.
So what would you do? Surrender your land to the invading force without a fight? That easy? is that your inner submissive personality speaking? Where do you live? I need a house.
Russia does not desire to control all of Ukraine, no more than we would. Russia does want to control the East, the Donbas, and protect its warm water base in Crimea (which was purchased from the Ottoman Empire by Catherine the Great). We, and the rest of NATO (that has been dragged into this mess) want toe complete the encirclement of Russia and perhaps nuke the 66 cities indicated in the plans formed after WWII. We have been itching for this for 76 years.
I’d kick your ass. Or theirs. Not the point though. Point being that the more weapons that pour in means more Ukrainians will die. The US is using Ukraine to “bleed” Russia. You apparently are onboard with that. The obvious answer is diplomacy but our top diplomat has said the war will go on through 2022.
“Stop being an idiot.”
Like that’s gonna happen!
Just block him, wars. They crave attention. Don’t engage them. When they can’t get attention, they leave to seek their emotional affirmation elsewhere.
I have a sickness. It’s like riding by an accident and trying not to look.
I blocked him , Wars. It made me nauseous knowing that scum like him inhabit our planet. Now I can pretend he doesn’t exist.
I get it. Me too.
You need to ask yourself if the continuing escalation of this war is causing less suffering and fewer deaths. When the pot is boiling over, reasonable people turn 𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧 the heat.
Obviously, you want Russia to lose. But this war could have been avoided, and could potentially be ended, by allowing the people of the Donbas region and the people of Crimea to live without constant fear of an invasion of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The people of Ukraine will never stop fighting until all russian invaders have left their territory.
So the only way to turn down the heat is for the Russki invaders to retreat.
Correction. We will not stop until every last Ukraine citizen and military member is sacrificed to complete the 76 year game of Risk. There is a history of invasions of Russia, if you care to read about. There is a reason why Russia feels encircled. Right or wrong, there is a reason why Russia attacked.
Correction: Russia doesn’t feel encircled, Putin does. How can he possibly allow a free Ukraine at his border when he’s an autocrat?
Right. Putin, and only Putin. Talk about being brainwashed.
Did I offend your hero?
If it makes you feel any better we can through in a bunch of his enablers and henchmen too, OK?
The fact you think it’s ONLY Putin amuses me.
I’m really happy to hear that, making a child smile is always a good thing.
Then you should be happy to hear that everything that you write amuses me. Us children enjoy fairy tales.
Finski troll trash
Sweden + Finland = Stronger NATO 💪
The AFU was staging for an invasion of the Donbas region when Russia intervened. The best way to turn down the heat is to negotiate Minsk 3… and honor the agreement after it’s signed.
Correct. That is a little detail the MSM is not revealing to its audience.
Something tells me you don’t care about Ukraine. Just want blood.
I can assure you that’s not the case, however, there are plenty of Putin lovers on this site that want blood. Lots of it too.
Sore loser, haha.
Something tells me you don’t care about Ukraine, and most definitely do not care about the stakes that have been raised by our aggression against Russia. This little game of Risk has been going on since the end of WWII, but really accelerated until Clinton. Bill, that is.
Why spend it on the homeless.? Fix mental health and addictions and the homeless goes away.
Biden can’t fix inflation or gas prices, but he has an affirmative action quota running amuck in Ukraine. Biden most likely still gets 10% of the weapons sales.
There is a ‘large number of Romanian soldiers and officers’ that have been deployed to Moldova under Moldovan uniforms, including officers and commanders replaced by Romanian counterparts.
The objective appears to be a huge military storage site in Kolbasnaya.
That is why Blinken and Loyd Austin are over there to oversee the attack on Transnistria. The war in Ukraine is going very badly for them.
At the moment, there are 2,500-3,000 Russian servicemen in the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria). These are the 82nd and 113th separate guards motorized rifle battalions, and the 540th separate control battalion.
The total strength of the PMR Armed Forces is 15,000 people. The PMR Armed Forces have 4 motorized rifle brigades located in the cities of Tiraspol, Bendery, Dubossary and Rybnitsa, of which one is guards (deployed in the city of Tiraspol).
If Moldova needs to kick the Russians out of their land, this is the best time to do so. Russian army sucks and won’t project forces that far out.
Not you again.
Move your cursor to the down-facing triangle the to right of the poster’s name. That down-facing triangle indicates a menu. That menu will provide the “block user” option. Click on that and you are done.
It’s my understanding that Transnistria is to Moldova what the Donbas region is to Ukraine. They seek independence because they are an ethnic minority. Moldova probably would like to kick them out, but is unwilling to let them take their land with them.
There are lot of Russians in Miami who wish they were part of Russia. Does that give Putin the right to take Miami? Asking for a friend.
I finally figured out the V’s and Z’s on Russian vehicles. Russians secretly admire Volodomir Zelensky. Lol
Probably fans of coke fiends who play piano with their dick.
Come on, like you’ve never done that.
Too bad yours is too limp to do so…
There is really no valid reason for the USA to pretend this is “defense”, and he sounds quite desperate, as did Blinken on his visit to the king of the globe in Kiev. Surely the 5500 sanctions on Russia and the wonderful weapons and lots of money already provided to the fascist Ze régime will do the job, and NATO can await the arrival of more members to carry on the work of building democracy as it always does.
Ukraine says ‘karma is a cruel thing’ following fire at Russian ammo depot, explosions along border
A Ukrainian presidential adviser said Wednesday that “karma is a cruel thing” after a Russian ammo depot burst into flames and explosions were heard along provinces bordering the war-torn country.
Mykhailo Podolyak made the remark after a Russian official said a fire was extinguished at the ammo depot in the Belgorod region. The border provinces of Kursk and Voronezh also reported fresh explosions Wednesday, with officials there claiming to have intercepted Ukrainian drones, according to Reuters.
“If you decide to massively attack another country, massively kill everyonethere, massively crush peaceful people with tanks, and use warehouses in your regions to enable the killings, then sooner or later the debtswill have to be repaid,” Podolyak was quoted by Reuters as saying. He reportedly added that it was impossible to “sit out” the Russian assault of Ukraine. “And therefore, the disarmament of the Belgorod and Voronezh killers’ warehouses is an absolutely natural process. Karma is a cruel thing,” Podolyak also said.
On Monday, another fire had erupted at an oil depot in Bryansk, around 60 miles from Russia’s border with Ukraine.
Even the warmongers on this site must agree that depriving the Russian army of fuel and ammunition is by far the best way to stop the war. Keep up good work!
The war will not stop until Russia achieves its objectives. Everything else is nonsense. They will keep at it and throw everything necessary into this war and win out in the end no matter what it costs.
That’s why your position here is nonsensical. There will be no victory for Ukraine here. Any weapons we are sending there that actually make it there (as opposed to getting blown up upon arrival) may increase the cost to Russia. But they will not change the final outcome.
The only nonsensical thing is to give in to Putin and his demands.
Nothing says that the war has to end on Russia’s terms, absolutely nothing, especially since they have proved to be extremely incompetent. Believing that is a sign of being brainwashed by russian state propaganda.
Yes, believing that Russia have been extremely incompetent is indeed a sign of being brainwashed … by western propaganda, which has been run on a scale none of us has seen in our lifetimes for what, in the end, is an inconsequential war between neighbors in eastern Europe (none of our business).
Btw, are you the “Don Bacon” who also posts on MoonofAlabama with a very different POV?
ROFL, kiddo, only the most hardcore Putin-lovers can still think that the “special operation” in Ukraine is going according to plan.
Your knowledge, kiddo, comes from western propaganda. In other words, you know nothing.
My information comes from common sense developed over 50 years of observing said disinformation and propaganda …
You did not answer the q re MoA … I’ll call you out on that on that site if I see you there.
Haha, good for you.
Ignorance is truly a bliss for some people.
especially Fins in America employed to make malware for Mormons.
They said of the guy that he scares the mormons he was so Nazi. Then they hired him.
The malware enables the Elon Musk Jerkus Circus
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It’s the end for Putin.
My chief concern is that the Biden administration may be considering sending troops into Ukraine. They would be NATO troops, not US troops. But the camel’s nose would be under the tent.
It’s ironic that Biden’s strategy, to cause Russia financial pain, is having that effect here. The sanctions have caused a surge in the cost of energy and food that threatens our economy with stagflation, and the spending on military aid is increasing exponentially.
But hey, US military contractors are happy.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Tuesday vowed that the US will keep moving “heaven and earth” to send as much money as possible to our patriotic “defense” industries … of which he was a board member prior to his appointment as secretary.
Also director of Tenet healthcare, weird.
Huh … did not know that. It’s all one big corporate pig trough, isn’t it?
The guys on this site going on about all the “aid” to Ukraine never seem to realize that our masters’ preoccupation is always and ever about money … they could not give a rat’s you know what about Ukraine.
It’s hard not to utilise the defense industry when you are Secretary of Defense. 😵💫
“….move heaven and earth to keep arming Ukraine…”. Try LOWER. Much lower and much much hotter Mr. Austin.
Putin, looking sheepish at a meeting yesterday with the UN Secretary-General, may be emasculated for years to come due to his military’s costly failure in Ukraine
Russia will be unable to fight another war for years because of catastrophic kit losses in Ukraine, defence experts said.
‘It will take years for Russia to rebuild its inventories’.
In fact, Putin will struggle in the Donbas because vital ‘inventories are getting low’.
Military analyst Henry Boyd from the International Institute for Strategic Studies said Putin could still draw on sizeable, Soviet-era reserve forces stationed across Russia.
But most Russian soldiers could be unable to use it, he added.
Mr Boyd told the newspaper: ‘They kept a large number of Soviet-era tanks, armoured vehicles and artillery.
‘You can probably compensate in terms of sheer numbers by reactivating older systems but there is a question mark over whether they will have the crews to man the vehicles and if they do, whether they have had sufficient training.’
The bad news for Moscow comes as Russia continues its pivot to the east of Ukraine.
But UK armed forces minister James Heappey warned yesterday ‘the Donbas will be a difficult nut for the Russians to crack’.
Mr Heappey added Russian and Ukrainian forces are now ‘evenly matched’.
He also backed Ukraine’s right to attack targets inside Russia using British-made equipment.
He told Times Radio: ‘It is completely legitimate for Ukraine to be targeting in Russia’s depth in order to disrupt the logistics that if they weren’t disrupted would directly contribute to death and carnage on Ukrainian soil.
Russia’s land army consisted of 280,000 full-time active soldiers compared with Ukraine’s 125,600.
But the amount of Russian soldiers needed to seize the whole country and control the entire population would be close to 1 million, according to Michael Clarke, a visiting professor at King’s College London’s Department of War Studies.
That suggests the Kremlin woefully underestimated the amount of force needed to pummel its neighbour into submission.
A flood of Ukrainian conscripts, high-tech weaponry sent by NATO countries and Russian strategic failures have all helped to turn the tide in Kyiv’s favour.
I have never been convinced that Russia wants to seize all of Ukraine. It would have been easy to do that in 2014. But they didn’t.
Lloyd J Austin the Terd has no idea about the history of Russia or Ukraine. He is just fine supporting fascists, but what do you expect from the likes of him.
More targets for missiles!
Does anyone else recognize the fascist Ukrainian troll on this site?
Will Lloyd Austin also walk on water?
Thousands of young men in faraway land has to die because Vickie Nudelman has daddy issues, her fellow tribesmen Blinken and Pyatt has also scores to settle with Russia or so they think. Indoctrination is strong with these ones…
I learned just recently that VP Joe Biden was directly involved when the US aided the violent overthrow of the elected government of Ukraine in 2014.
I noticed Antiwar is filled with trolls these days.
What do you call a dead Ukrainian fascist? A good start!
Zelensky will keep fighting until the last Ukrainian expires. At that point Hungary will own Western Ukraine and Russia will own Eastern Ukraine.
The Biden administration is going to Declare WWIII so as not to be blamed for the lousy state of the country.
“…its fight against Russia’s imperial aggression.
“Ukraine clearly believes that it can win and so does everyone here,” he* added.” says the linked Al Jazeera article. Is this true?. Since Mr Austin & many of his advocates are worried about imperialism, please allow me to indulge in Translation.** //*Lloyd Austin from Ramstein Air Force Base//
**«…яе барацьба супраць імперскай агрэсіі Расеі.
«Украіна відавочна верыць у тое, што можа перамагчы, і ўсе тут таксама», — дадаў ён*», — гаворыцца ў артыкуле Al Jazeera па спасылцы.
*Ллойд Осцін з базы ВПС Рамштайн
Гэта праўда? Ці гэта цалкам праўда? Гэта перабольшанне?
Big and dumb works to get ahead if the ethnic background is woke enough.
A just cause? send all that you can then because some Country that is the leadership/head of Gog gets made an example of that Becomes Big Bummer news Over There: we are out of business,… As the whirld turns to cue up for another blast. lol.
real insurance is Romans 10:9
Got no time to hesitate, move whatever assets that Magog will use Now. what could go wrong? We can make more until then.
It Could be Our Hemisphere yaknow. Forget being nuked and getting by later. We fit the Gog narrative much better than Russia can. After all, how can they attack JRS if they suck so bad attacking the Nazis in Ukraine?
Australia and the Pacific was hammered by a solar flare and yesterday one was messing with terrestrial broadcast teeveee right here.
Get a good news source on Flare activity, Space Weather is fascinating but only Divine Intervention will cover the living and preserve them.
Every network is affected by this NEWS.
Publish it while you can.
Lloyd Austin Vows to Move ‘Heaven and Earth’ to Destroy Ukraine
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