Russia-Ukraine war live updates: U.S. says Kyiv can win with ‘right support’; world leaders press Putin to end war

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met with NATO military leaders on April 26 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (Video: Reuters)

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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told a gathering of military leaders from 40 NATO and non-NATO countries that Russian President Vladimir Putin “never imagined that the world would rally behind Ukraine so swiftly and surely” — as the United States pledged military aid, Poland announced it would send tanks, and Germany planned to send armored antiaircraft vehicles.

In separate remarks to the group, Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offered a stark picture of the next phase of the war: Russian attempts to take full control of southeastern and southern Ukraine. Milley stated that “Time is not on Ukraine‚Äôs side” in closed-door remarks to journalists who were traveling along with him. “The outcome of this battle, right here, today, is dependent on the people in this room.”

World leaders are seeking to pressure Putin, who will meet U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday, to stop the war now grinding into its third month. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov tempers expectations. He describes the current state of peace negotiations with Ukraine as “dismal” and says that Moscow is open to a “negotiated solution.” Lavrov said that while the situation in Ukraine’s peace talks was “dismal,” he stated that Moscow supports a negotiated solution to the conflict.

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