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    A Day After His Latest Hospital Release, Austin Presses for Urgent Military Aid for Ukraine

    A Day After His Latest Hospital Release, Austin Presses for Urgent Military Aid for Ukraine

    — A day after his latest hospital stay for health issues following treatment for prostate cancer, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin hosted a virtual session on to help resource urgently needed ammunition and artillery for Kyiv as it faces shortages in its now almost two-year war with .

    In his opening remarks to the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, a regular gathering of about 50 member countries that coordinate support for Ukraine, Austin said Wednesday he'd intended to be with the group in person, “but I had to return to the hospital for non-surgical procedures.”

    “I'm in good condition, and my cancer prognosis remains excellent,” he said.

    Austin conducted the virtual session from his home, where he is still recovering from complications from his December surgery to treat prostate cancer. Austin was released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Monday after being treated for a bladder issue.

    The Pentagon has been out of funds to send weapons and ammunition to Ukraine since December. Since then European allies have continued to send some support but the loss of regular shipments of ammunition to Ukraine is having an impact.

    Austin said in his opening remarks that the contact group would work Wednesday on resourcing some of Ukraine's most critical near-term needs, “including its urgent need for more artillery, ammunition and air defense missiles.”

    It's not clear if, or when,…

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