Associated Press
January 17, 2023

US, Ukraine top military chiefs meet in person for 1st time

A MILITARY BASE IN SOUTHEASTERN POLAND – The top U.S. military officer, Army Gen. Mark Milley, traveled to a site near the Ukraine-Poland border on Tuesday and talked with his Ukrainian counterpart face to face for the first time – a meeting underscoring the growing ties between the two militaries and coming at a critical time as Russia’s war with Ukraine nears the one-year mark.

Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met for a couple of hours with Ukraine’s chief military officer, Gen. Valerii Zaluzhnyi, at an undisclosed location in southeastern Poland. The two leaders have talked frequently about Ukraine’s military needs and the state of the war over the past year but had never met.


January 17, 2023

Zaluzhnyi, Milley meet in Poland

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi and Chairman of U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley met in Poland.

“Today, there was my first personal meeting with Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley in Poland,” Zaluzhnyi said in a Telegram post.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces thanked Milley for the unwavering support and assistance provided by the United States and its allies to Ukraine.


U.S. Department of Defense
January 16, 2023

Readout of Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Colin Kahl’s Travel to Ukraine

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Colin Kahl joined Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer during travel to Kyiv today to meet with President Zelenskyy, members of the Office of the President, and senior Ukrainian officials to reaffirm the United States’ strong and steadfast commitment to Ukraine and its defense….Prior to the visit, the delegation made stops in Germany and Poland to review U.S. security assistance to Ukraine.

While in Kyiv, Deputy Secretary Sherman, Principal Deputy NSA Finer, and Under Secretary Kahl met with Prime Minister Shmyhal to discuss how U.S. and international assistance has helped stabilize Ukraine’s economy and how we can develop an enduring U.S.-Ukraine trade and investment partnership as Ukraine rebuilds. They also met with Minister of Defense Oleksii Reznikov to discuss diplomatic efforts and security assistance to strengthen Ukraine’s security capabilities. In a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov and Ukrenergo CEO Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, they reviewed emergency efforts to repair and sustain Ukraine’s energy system….