High-ranking military personnel from the United States and Ukraine held an in-person meeting for the first time.

On Monday, the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, traveled to Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany to meet with US Army personnel and commanders responsible for training Ukrainian forces. At the site, he was received by Brig. Gen. Joseph E. Hilbert, the commanding general for the 7th Army Training Command. 

Then, on Tuesday, Gen. Milley, the highest-ranking US military official, visited a base in Southeastern Poland, where he had a face-to-face conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart, Gen. Valerii Zaluzhnyi. This was the first time the two officers had met, which was meant to demonstrate the growing partnership between the two militaries. Moreover, the meeting comes at a pivotal moment, as the battle between Russia and Ukraine is about to reach its first anniversary.

Gen. Zaluzhnyi and Milley and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman got together in a covert spot in southeastern Poland for a few hours. They have conversed numerous times in the last 12 months regarding Ukraine’s military requirements and the conflict but had never before met in person.

Another meeting has been scheduled as the international community intensifies its military aid to Ukraine. This includes a coalition of European and other nations that have increased troop training by the US and provided a Patriot missile battery, tanks, enhanced air defense, and other weapons systems.

This period in the war is especially critical. Ukrainian soldiers experience intense combat in eastern Donetsk, where Russian forces, with assistance from private Wagner Group contractors, are attempting to reverse their losses in the past few months.