Nearly 50 defense leaders from around the world meet and agree to send more advanced weapons to Ukraine, including a harpoon launcher and missiles to protect its coast, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin tells reporters.
Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says that “low-level” discussion is underway on how the US may need to adjust its training of Ukrainian forces and on whether some US troops should be based in Ukraine.
The US withdrew its few troops in Ukraine before the war and has no plans to send in combat forces. Milley’s comments left open the possibility troops could return for embassy security or another non-combat role.
Speaking to Pentagon reporters, Austin declines to say if the US will send Ukraine high-tech mobile rocket launchers, which it has requested. But Austin says that some 20 nations announced Monday that they will send new packages of security assistance to Ukraine, as its war with Russia reaches the three-month mark.
He says that Denmark has agreed to send a harpoon launcher and missiles to Ukraine to help defend its coast. Russia has ships in the Black Sea and has used them to launch cruise missiles into Ukraine. The Russian ships have also stopped all commercial ship traffic from entering Ukraine ports.
The US and other countries have been training Ukrainian forces in nearby European countries.
Austin adds that the Czech Republic recently donated attack helicopters, tanks, and rockets, and that Italy, Greece, Norway and Poland announced new donations today of artillery systems, and ammunition.