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Umerov spoke with Pentagon chief by phone

by Lance Luo November 26, 2023 3:16 AM 1 min read
United States Secretary of Defense LLoyd Austin and new Ukrainian Defence Minister Rustem Umerov attend the 15th meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group at Ramstein Air Base on September 19, 2023. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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Defense Minister Rustem Umerov spoke with Pentagon head Lloyd Austin by phone on Nov. 25 and discussed Russian airstrikes, the U.S. Department of Defense revealed.

“Secretary Austin condemned Russia's continued barrage of missile and Unmanned Aerial System attacks on Ukrainian cities and critical infrastructure.”

The two defense chiefs pledged to remain in close contact.

“They also discussed security assistance priorities, as Ukraine continues to fight Russian aggression.”

Umerov: Death of soldiers at award ceremony ‘could have been avoided’
The organizers of the award ceremony, where at least 19 Ukrainian soldiers from the 128th Mountain Assault Brigade were allegedly killed in a Russian attack, ignored basic security measures that could have prevented the incident, Defense Minister Rustem Umerov said on Nov. 14.

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