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As NATO countries seek to accelerate supplies of heavy weapons to Ukraine, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will host members of the military alliance and other partners at the Ramstein air base in Germany today. On the agenda for participants, including NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, will be Ukraine’s latest defense needs, strengthening its security and sovereignty over the longer term, and energizing defense companies to ensure a steady flow of equipment. On the eve of the Ramstein meeting, the U.S. announced additional military financing aid for Ukraine. Austin said during a visit to Kyiv that Washington wants to see Russian forces ground down so they can’t attempt a repeat of the invasion. The latest push for weapons comes with Russian forces shifting to the east and south after failing to take Kyiv in the early weeks of the war. Read our rolling Ukraine coverage here, including a warning from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that there’s a “serious” risk of nuclear conflict.