Pentagon Chief Denies Ukraine Conflict Turning Into Proxy War, Says US Not Fighting Russia

WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – twenty seventh April, 2022) US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in an interview mentioned he doesn’t imagine the battle in Ukraine is a proxy warfare between the United States and Russia.

Since Russia launched its army operation in February, the US has offered at the very least $3.7 billion to help Ukraine’s defenses, with at the very least 30 different nations giving one other $1.3 billion, the White House mentioned earlier on Tuesday.

“We’re not in a fight with Russia,” Austin instructed Fox information in an interview that aired on Tuesday. “Ukraine is in a current struggle with Russia.”

Despite the quantity of safety aide offered to Ukraine, Austin insisted that the battle shouldn’t be turning right into a proxy warfare.

“It’s not, this is clearly Ukraine’s fight,” Austin mentioned when requested if the battle in Ukraine would possibly flip right into a proxy warfare. “Ukraine’s neighbors and allies and partners are stepping up to make sure that they have what they need in order to be successful.”

On Sunday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Austin introduced that the United States will present $713 million in international army assist to Ukraine and over a dozen different nations to buy new weapons or to compensate for the arms they offered to Ukraine.

Some $322 million in army help shall be allotted to Ukraine from this bundle.

This is on prime of the help President Joe Biden introduced final week that the United States is offering Ukraine with one other $800 million safety assist bundle. The Defense Department mentioned the brand new US safety assist bundle would come with 72 Howitzers, 144,000 of artillery rounds, greater than 121 Phoenix Ghost tactical drones in addition to components and different tools.

Russia launched a particular army operation in Ukraine on February 24 in response to calls from the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics for defense in opposition to intensifying assaults by Ukrainian troops. The Russian Defense Ministry mentioned the particular operation, which targets Ukrainian army infrastructure, goals to “demilitarize and denazify” Ukraine. Moscow has mentioned it has no plans to occupy Ukraine. Western nations have imposed quite a few sanctions on Russia.

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