Allies will move ‘heaven and earth’ to get arms to Ukraine: U.S. defence secretary

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Western allies are prepared to move “heaven and earth” to get Ukraine more weapons and munitions so it can continue to fight Russia’s “unjust invasion,” U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Tuesday during the opening session of an extraordinary international gathering at the American air base in Ramstein, Germany.

The meeting — attended by Defence Minister Anita Anand — involves more than 40 countries and is meant to get NATO and other partner nations on the same page when it comes to meeting Ukraine’s immediate defence needs.

More than a dozen countries that are not NATO members — including Japan and Israel — were invited to attend the one-day conference.

“This gathering reflects the galvanized world,” Austin said in prepared remarks at the beginning of the conference. “Ukraine clearly believes it can win and so does everyone here.”

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