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    US Says Ukraine Has Significant Combat Power Not Yet Committed to the War

    US Says Ukraine Has Significant Combat Power Not Yet Committed to the War

    — Ukrainian forces have a “significant amount of combat power” that hasn't yet been committed to the war, the top U.S. military officer said Tuesday, saying is conserving some of its tactical effort while troops slowly work their way through deadly Russian minefields.

    Speaking to reporters after defense leaders from around the world met to discuss Ukraine's military needs, Gen. Mark Milley was asked about the slow pace of Ukraine's offensive to take back territory seized by . He said Ukraine will decide when to use the combat power and complex training the U.S. and allies have provide. He flatly dismissed suggestions the offensive is failing.

    “It is far from a failure, in my view. I think that it's way too early to make that kind of call,” said Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “Right now they are preserving their combat power. And they are slowly and deliberately and steadily working their way through all these minefields, and it's a tough fight. It's a very difficult fight.”

    Milley and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met with reporters at the close of the 14th meeting of the Ukraine contact group, which is made up of the defense and military leaders from more than 50 nations. The group met virtually Tuesday to discuss how to continue to meet Ukraine's need for weapons and training.

    Austin said he asked allies to “continue to dig deep into their military stocks,”…

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