Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (pictured during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in May) urged nations to continue supporting Ukraine during the 13th meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group on Thursday. Austin said, "Ukraine's fight is a marathon not a sprint." File Photo by Bonnie Cash/UPI | License Photo

U.S., Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands giving new air-defense aid to Ukraine

By Patrick Hilsman

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (pictured during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in May) urged nations to continue supporting Ukraine during the 13th meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group on Thursday. Austin said, “Ukraine’s fight is a marathon not a sprint.” File Photo by Bonnie Cash/UPI | License Photo

June 15 (UPI) — The United States, Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands have announced new aid for Ukraine.

“The Denmark, the Netherlands, and the UK defense ministries and the United States Department of Defense today announced that they are partnering together to deliver high priority air defense equipment to Ukraine,” the British Ministry of Defense said in a joint statement with its U.S., Danish, and Dutch allies Thursday.

“The initiative will deliver hundreds of short and medium range air defense missiles and associated systems required to protect Ukraine’s critical national infrastructure and further ensure the success of counter-offensive operations in coming months,” the ministry said.

The Defense Ministry said “delivery of the equipment has already begun and should be complete within several weeks.”

Speaking at the 13th meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin emphasized the importance of air defense.

“I ask this contact group to continue to dig deep to provide Ukraine with the air-defense assets and munitions that is so urgently needs to protect its citizens,” Austin said, “Ukraine’s fight is a marathon not a sprint.”

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