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    Pentagon Has No More Money for Ukraine as It Hosts a Meeting of 50 Allies on Support for Kyiv

    Pentagon Has No More Money for Ukraine as It Hosts a Meeting of 50 Allies on Support for Kyiv

    WASHINGTON — For the first time since Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin established the international group to support Ukraine in April 2022, the United States is hosting the monthly gathering of about 50 countries out of money, unable to send the ammunition and missiles that Ukraine needs to fend off 's invasion.

    While waiting for Congress to pass a budget and potentially approve more money for Ukraine's fight, the U.S. will be looking to allies to keep bridging the gap.

    “I urge this group to dig deep to provide Ukraine with more lifesaving ground-based defense systems and interceptors,” Austin said in opening remarks broadcast from his home, where he is still recuperating after prostate cancer surgery. The opening statement by video was the first public appearance from Austin, 70, who appeared slightly gaunt. Austin was hospitalized for two weeks after complications from the surgery.

    On Tuesday in Brussels, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced a new $1.2 billion contract to buy more than 222,000 rounds of 155 mm ammunition. The rounds are some of the most heavily used munitions in this conflict, and the contract will be used to backfill allies that have pushed their own reserves to Kyiv.

    “Even though we aren't able to provide our security assistance right now, our partners are continuing to do that,” deputy Pentagon press secretary Sabrina Singh told reporters Monday.

    While the…

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