Umerov in phone call with US SecDef Austin

11 September, 09:40 PM
Rustem Umerov (Photo:Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS)

Rustem Umerov (Photo:Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS)

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had his first phone conversation with Ukraine's new Defense Minister Rustem Umerov, the Pentagon's press service and Umerov himself reported on Sept. 11.

Austin congratulated Umerov on his new position, reaffirming Washington’s unwavering support for Ukraine.

Secretary Austin also relayed updated information on U.S. efforts related to providing security aid. He also exchanged thoughts with Umerov on priorities concerning Ukraine's immediate battlefield needs, as well as those required for long-term planning.

Video of day

The ministers discussed the agenda for the next week’s Ramstein meeting — a monthly gathering of defense ministers of Kyiv’s international allies.

The Ukrainian minister informed his U.S. counterpart about recent developments on the frontlines. Both officials vowed to maintain close contact.

The Ukrainian parliament appointed Umerov as the defense minister on Sept. 6, having dismissed Oleksii Reznikov from the position the day before. Reznikov served in the post since November 2022, while Umerov previously managed the State Property Fund.

Will you support Ukraine’s free press?

Dear reader, as all news organizations, we must balance the pressures of delivering timely, accurate, and relevant stories with requirements to fund our business operations.

As a Ukrainian-based media, we also have another responsibility – to amplify Ukraine’s voice to the world during the crucial moment of its existence as a political nation.

It’s the support of our readers that lets us continue doing our job. We keep our essential reporting free because we believe in our ultimate purpose: an independent, democratic Ukraine.

If you’re willing to support Ukraine, consider subscribing to our Patreon starting from 5$ per month. We are immensely grateful.

Please help us continue fighting Russian propaganda.

Truth can be hard to tell from fiction these days. Every viewpoint has its audience of backers and supporters, no matter how absurd.

If conscious disinformation is reinforced by state propaganda apparatus and budget, its outcomes may become deadly.

There is no solution to this, other than independent, honest, and accurate reporting.

We remain committed to empowering the Ukrainian voice to push against the muck. If you’re willing to stand up for the truth – consider supporting us on Patreon starting from 5$ per month. Thank you very much.

Will you help tell Ukraine’s story to the world?

Twenty years ago, most people hadn’t even heard of Ukraine. Today, the country is on everyone’s lips and everyone’s headlines. War pushed us on the front page. But there are many other things we do that we are proud of – from music and culture to technology.

We need your help to tell the world Ukrainian story of resilience, joy, and survival. If you’re willing to back our effort, consider supporting us on Patreon starting from 5$ per month. We are immensely grateful.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google News

Ukraine Today
Fresh daily newsletter covering the top headlines and developments in Ukraine
Daily at 9am EST
Show more news