Umerov, Syrskyi discuss ammunition supplies with Austin

Oleksandr Syrskyi and Rustem Umyerov
Oleksandr Syrskyi and Rustem Umyerov

Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Oleksandr Syrskyi held a “productive” phone call with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Feb. 20, focusing on the urgent need for the United States to provide Ukraine with more artillery shells.

"A productive conversation with U.S. Secretary of Defense Austin just took place along with General-Colonel Syrskyi," Umerov said in a Twitter post.

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During the talks, Syrskyi outlined the current dynamics on the battlefield.

“The general understanding of the situation and a plan of action were discussed,” the message adds.

“The focus was also on ammunition supply. Work on the urgent needs of the Ukrainian Defense Forces and long-term planning in the format of the UDCG [Ukrainian Defense Contact Group] coalition.”

Umerov also expressed his gratitude to Secretary Austin for the assistance the United States has already provided to Ukraine.

On Feb. 15, the U.S. House of Representatives went on recess until the end of the month without considering the supplemental funding bill that provides for $61 billion in aid to Kyiv, along with military assistance to Israel and Taiwan. U.S. lawmakers said that the House is unlikely to consider it before mid-March.

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