Ukraine's Defence Minister promises Ukrainians more "good news" after conversation with US Defence Secretary

Oleksii Reznikov, Ukraine’s Defence Minister, has held a telephone conversation with Lloyd Austin, US Secretary of Defence, after which he said that he would soon announce "more good news".

Source: Reznikov on Twitter

Quote: "Had a telephone call with US Defence Secretary Lloyd James Austin III. Discussed the results of Ramstein 8, further strengthening of the Ukrainian army, including tanks supplies and maintenance of the new armament. More good news to be announced soon."

Details: What exactly it is about remains a secret.

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Background: 

  • During the meeting of the Ukraine Defence Contact Group (Ramstein format) on 20 January, 12 countries agreed to provide Ukraine with about 100 Leopard 2 tanks if the German government approves the re-export.

  • Germany initially refused to grant such approval and refrained from transferring their Leopards, but on 25 January, the country's government nevertheless decided to provide the Ukrainian Armed Forces with Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBT) and allowed partner countries to transfer tanks of this MBT model that are in service with their armies.

  • The Executive Office of US President Joe Biden will send 31 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine as part of a deal worth US$400 million.

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