Germany stands as Ukraine's second largest military donor — US Defense Secretary

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the White House in Washington, USA, May 6, 2024
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the White House in Washington, USA, May 6, 2024
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Germany is the second-largest provider of military aid to Ukraine after the United States, said the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, following his meeting with Germany's Defense Minister, Boris Pistorius, the U.S. Department of Defense reported on May 9.

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Austin welcomed Pistorius for bilateral discussions on shared interests between the United States and Germany, focusing on assistance to Ukraine.

Austin noted Germany's commitment to supporting Ukraine's self-defense, citing the weapons systems Germany has supplied and the financial commitments it has made.

"After the United States, Germany is the second-largest donor of military aid to Ukraine, in resistance to Putin's aggression," he said.

"You have allocated $7.7 billion to Ukraine in 2024 alone."

Germany has donated critical air defense systems and artillery, he said. The United States and Germany will continue their "close partnership" to ensure Ukraine is equipped for success on the battlefield.

Germany has also taken in the largest number of Ukrainian refugees in Europe, Austin said, and thanked the country "for everything that Germany is doing for Ukraine's self-defense."

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