Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin promised Tuesday that the United States will not let Ukraine fail, even as further aid remains stalled in Congress and Kyiv's forces face shortages of munitions.

The Republican-led House of Representatives has been blocking $60 billion in assistance for Ukraine, and the United States has warned that a recent $300 million package would only last a few weeks.

The "United States will not let Ukraine fail", Austin said at the opening of a meeting in Germany of Ukraine's international supporters.

"We remain determined to provide Ukraine with the resources that it needs to resist the Kremlin's aggression," he added.

Washington announced $300 million in assistance for Ukraine last week, but Austin said it was only possible due to savings on recent purchases by the Pentagon.

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"We were only able to support this much-needed package by identifying some unanticipated contract savings", Austin said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a statement the day before that it is "critically important for us that the Congress soon completes all the necessary procedures and makes a final decision" on aid for Kyiv.

Top US military officer General Charles "CQ" Brown told journalists en route to the Ukraine meeting that Kyiv's troops are "having to pay attention to their supply rates, and how they execute."

There is an "incremental kind of back and forth between Ukraine and Russia", with "incremental gains on both sides", Brown said.

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The United States has been the chief military backer of Ukraine in its war against Russia, but Congress had not approved large-scale funding for its ally for nearly a year and a half.

But he noted that "even as the Russians have gained territory, they do it at a pretty big cost in number of casualties, like in personnel, but also in number of pieces of equipment that are being taken out."

Austin said in his remarks Tuesday that "at least 315,000 Russian troops have been killed or wounded" since Russia launched its all-out invasion of Ukraine in 2022 -- a figure that was previously reported at the end of last year.

Moscow has also "squandered up to $211 billion to equip, deploy, maintain, and sustain its imperial aggression against Ukraine," he said.

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Austin and other US officials have spearheaded the push for international support for Ukraine, quickly forging a coalition to back Kyiv after Russia invaded and coordinating aid from dozens of countries.

Washington is by far Kyiv's biggest donor of security aid, committing tens of billions of dollars to aid Kyiv since February 2022.

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Mark
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Unfortunately Trump and Spite Johnson didn't get Washington's memo.

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Gregc
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Well Americans we will believe you when you actually provide weapon support without all the crazy slowness that has characterized your efforts. Your nation is fast moving towards a Failed Nation state. The goverance model is broken unable to function.

At present it seems to many that Ukraine will still be around while the US wallows in chaos.

Actions speak much louder than words.

Today Ukraine is suffering while your people ignore the realities of death and destruction occurring daily.

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Dimitry Merdevedev
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Use Russian assets to pay for arms to Ukraine. Simple

John
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@Dimitry Merdevedev, I absolutely agree with you!

Why should allies be bickering over Ukraine support expenses when we already have access to >$300 billion of the war perpetrator Russia's assets?

While this is being legally sorted (maybe make a new war time law if needed?), I feel allied taxpayers should continue to provide the funding needed to ensure Ukraine's victory.

However putins' regime must pay fully for all reparations to Ukraine, as well as related debts incurred by their allies.

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