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Lloyd Austin: Russia "running out of capability" in Ukraine

Lloyd Austin: Russia "running out of capability" in Ukraine
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin
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Russia is "running out of capability" after invading Ukraine more than a year ago, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Wednesday following a meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, CNN has reported.

"Russia has had to depend on Iran and North Korea and has had to use equipment dating back to World War II," Austin said. "So Russia is running out of capability and running out of friends."

He said Russian President Vladimir Putin has "now had a year's worth of proof that the United States and the Contact Group will support Ukraine's right to defend itself for the long haul."

"But Putin still hopes that he can wear down Ukraine and wait us out," he added. "So we can't let up, and we won't."

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