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As the United States faces challenges from China and a heightened threat from Russia, it is critical that we have the authorities we need to keep the American people safe, deter adversaries, and support a lethal, resilient, and healthy joint force.”

Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh

US Defense Secretary Lloyd J.

Austin thanked lawmakers for their continued support for Ukraine and encouraged passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, said Pentagon deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh, who briefed reporters today.

“As the United States faces challenges from China and a heightened threat from Russia, it is critical that we have the authorities we need to keep the American people safe, deter adversaries, and support a lethal, resilient, and healthy joint force.” Singh said:

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Singh described the fighting in Ukraine as a “dynamic and active battlefield.” He added: “We see that the Ukrainians are pushing back, using weapons and systems that have been provided not only by us, but also by other partners and allies.”

The Ministry of Defense is well aware of Russian bombing of Ukrainian infrastructure using Iranian drones. The strikes included power grids targeting civilians in Ukraine, which will have dire consequences as winter approaches, he said.

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The department, in consultation with allies, partners and Ukrainians, is in ongoing discussions to address Ukraine’s urgent needs, not only on the battlefield, but also to maintain its own infrastructure, he said.

“We see Russia becoming more isolated, turning to countries like Iran and North Korea to meet their needs. It clearly shows their own weakness and clearly shows how isolated they have become in the world,” he said.

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Regarding Turkish airstrikes on Syrian and Iraqi Kurdish positions this week, Singh said the department continues to monitor what is happening on the ground.

Turkey claims the attacks were against terrorist groups responsible for a deadly bombing in Istanbul on November 13.

“We continue to call for de-escalation. “These strikes from all sides are jeopardizing our mission, which is to defeat ISIS,” Singh said, referring to the Islamic State.

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