Pentagon chief says Ukraine can win war against Russia ‘if they have the right equipment, support’

25 April, 02:42 PM
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (Photo:Office of the President of Ukraine)

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (Photo:Office of the President of Ukraine)

Ukraine can win the war waged against it by Russia with "the right equipment and the right support," U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told journalists in Poland on April 25.

Austin was speaking after returning to Poland from a weekend trip to the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv, U.S. cable news channel CNN reported.

"In terms of their ability to win – the first step in winning is believing that you can win," Austin said.

"And so, they believe that we can win. We believe that we – they – can win, if they have the right equipment, the right support, and we're going to do everything we can and continue to do everything we can."

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At the same time, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told journalists that Russia was "failing in Ukraine" and that "Ukraine is succeeding."

"We don't know how the rest of this war will unfold, but we do know that a sovereign independent Ukraine will be around a lot longer than Vladimir Putin is on the scene," Blinken said.

On April 24, Blinken and Austin arrived in Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and other officials.

Blinken announced that U.S. diplomats would return to Ukraine this week. He also relayed that U.S. President Joe Biden would nominate Bridget Brink as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

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