US Defense Secretary arrived in Kyiv Monday morning for an unannounced visit to Ukraine, his second to the country since the eruption of conflict with Russia in February 2022.

Iran PressEurope: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made an unannounced visit to Kyiv on Monday in a high-profile push to keep money and weapons flowing to Ukraine even as US and international resources are stretched by the new global risks raised by the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Austin, who traveled to Kyiv by train from Poland, is scheduled to meet with senior Ukrainian officials and publicly press Ukraine’s urgent military needs as it enters another tough winter of fighting.

He's expected "to meet with Ukrainian leaders and reinforce the staunch support of the United States for Ukraine's fight against Russia," according to a Defense Department statement.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told reporters last week that deliveries of artillery shells to his country have "really slowed down." 219

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