The next meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group (Ramstein format) will be held on January 20, APA reports citing Ukrinform.
“Defence Minister Lambrecht talked with US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin today, discussing, among other things, the current war situation in Ukraine and how to coordinate further military support for Ukraine’s defensive war, specifically regarding infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and the Patriot surface-to-air missile defence system, in preparation of the upcoming meeting of the Ukraine Defence Contact Group on 20 January 2023,” German Federal Ministry of Defence informs.
In particular, the officials discussed the US-German initiative to send Ukraine Western-built IFVs – U.S. Bradley fighting vehicles and German Marder IFVs – and ammunition for them.
“In combination with the approximately 100 Soviet-built main battle tanks and IFVs that we have provided together with our Allies through backfilling arrangements, these joint efforts will considerably strengthen the robustness of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Together with our Allies, we continue to support Ukraine in unity, solidarity and close coordination. We are stronger together,” Lambrecht said.