17 JANUARY 2023
General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, has met General Mark Milley, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, in Poland.
Quote from Zaluzhnyi: “Today, I had my first personal meeting with General Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, in Poland.
I have thanked General Milley for the unwavering support and assistance provided by the United States and its allies to Ukraine.
I have outlined the urgent needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the meeting of which will accelerate our [Ukraine’s – ed.] victory.”
Details: It was not only the first meeting between Zaluzhnyi and Milley, but also the first foreign visit of the Ukrainian General since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
On Tuesday, the top American military officer, US Army General Mark Milley, has visited a place near the Ukrainian-Polish border and spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart in person for the first time.
The meeting underscored the growing ties between the two militaries and came at a critical time as Russia’s war with Ukraine approaches the one-year mark, AP writes.
Milley met with Zaluzhnyi for a few hours in southeastern Poland. Before that, the two military leaders often talked about Ukraine’s needs and the state of the war over the past year, but they had never met before. The place of the meeting was not disclosed.
Background: on 16 January, American General Mark Milley has visited the training ground in Germany, where Ukrainian servicemen began training the day before.