Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on November 20 that the United States was in “for the long haul” in its support for Kyiv as Ukraine continues to battle to repel Russian troops that began a full-scale invasion more than 20 months ago.
Austin arrived earlier in the day in Kyiv on an unannounced visit in a show of support for Ukraine amid concerns of a “war fatigue” among Ukraine’s Western allies, especially in the United States — Ukraine’s main provider of military and financial aid.
“The message that I bring you today, Mr. President, is that the United States of America is with you, we will remain with you for the long haul,” Austin told Zelenskiy after the meeting.
“I was honored to meet with President Zelenskiy in Kyiv today to reaffirm the United States’ steadfast support for Ukraine. We, along with our allies and partners, will …