Zelenskiy to appeal directly to U.S. defense companies By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during a joint news briefing with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Latvian President Egils Levits, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine September 9, 2022. REUTERS/Valenty

By Mike Stone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is scheduled to speak to U.S. arms makers and military leaders on Wednesday where he is expected to make an appeal for more weapons for his country’s defense against Russia, according to an advance notice of the speech seen by Reuters.

Zelenskiy was set to speak by video link before a conference hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association in Austin, Texas, in his first-ever speech to the U.S. defense industry.

Oleksii Reznikov, Ukraine’s minister of defense, was also slated to appear and appeal for support for the country’s fight against Russia’s invasion now more than six months on.

The association’s members include Raytheon Technologies (NYSE:) Corp and Lockheed Martin Corp (NYSE:), which jointly produce Javelin antitank weapons that have been used by Ukraine.

Those companies and other top weapons makers – Boeing (NYSE:) Co, Northrop Grumman Corp (NYSE:), General Dynamics Corp (NYSE:) and L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:) Inc – were present at an April meeting called by the Pentagon to discuss Ukraine’s weapons needs.

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