US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's visit served to reaffirm US support for Ukraine.
The message I bring to you today, Mr. President, is that the United States is with you and will be with you for a long time, Lloyd Austin said during a meeting with the head of the ;Ukrainian state.
Together with our allies and partners, we will continue to support Ukraine's urgent needs on the battlefield and its long-term defense requirements, he added on X. He was also scheduled to speak with his Ukrainian counterpart, Roustem Oumerov, and the commander of the armed forces, Valery Zalouzhny.
Mr. Zelensky called the Pentagon chief's visit a very important signal. We are counting on your support, he said.
Ukraine is working to ensure the continuation of the European and American assistance, while in the West, voices are being raised to demand a reduction in this support, after almost two years of war.
In addition, with the international community having its eyes fixed on the war between Israel and Hamas, Kiev wants to prevent the support received so far from diminishing.
The arrival of Mr. Austin comes at a time when in the United States, in the Republican camp, voices are being raised against the dozens of billion in aid to Ukraine released by the Democratic government of Joe Biden.
Western support is all the more crucial for Ukraine as its summer counter-offensive to liberate the occupied territories has largely failed. /p>
The Biden government is keen to assure Ukraine of its support with another large loan. (File photo)
Russia went on the offensive again in the east in October, and Kiev says that Moscow also intends to resume its winter bombing campaign to plunge millions of Ukrainians into the cold and the dark. .
Each day continues to bring its litany of deaths and injuries.
In Kherson, a large southern city shelled by the Russian army, the bombing of a parking lot left two dead and two injured, according to the regional administration.
< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">In Nikopol, an 83-year-old woman was killed and a 53-year-old man was injured by artillery fire, according to authorities.
Near Kherson, one of the important axes of the Ukrainian counter-offensive where Kiev's troops managed to gain a foothold on the eastern bank of the Dnipro River, occupied by the Russians, Ukrainian forces continue to hold, said the Ukrainian general staff.
In the east, the Russian army continues its attempts to surround Avdiïvka, an industrial city in the Donetsk region targeted in recent weeks by intense attacks, according to the same source.