The fourth Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting will be held at Ramstein Air Force Base today U.S. Secretary of Defense
The fourth Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting will be held at Ramstein Air Force Base today
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will join defense leaders from NATO member states and 24 other countries to discuss the provision of ammunition and other military aid to Ukraine. On April 19, the Biden Administration pledged to deliver a $320 million shipment of artillery, anti-armor weapons, mines and anti-tank missiles and other military support.
The latest round of military aid comes as leaks in American intelligence reveal gaps in Ukraine’s arms supply. According to leaked Pentagon documents, Russia could gain air superiority in Ukrainian skies as early as May. An acute shortage would allow Moscow to launch large-scale bombing attacks and thereby complicate Kyiv’s long-planned counteroffensive in southern and eastern Ukraine.
With Russia’s advance into Donetsk Oblast, new precision and long-range strike weapons will be of great utility in projecting Ukraine’s firepower across the front line. Still Ukraine is in urgent need of more air cover and weaponry for its impending counteroffensive, the Allies are expected to commit new surface-to-air missiles, armor and artillery at Ramstein.