Japan's defense minister pledges continued support for Ukraine

Japanese Defense Minister Hamada Yasukazu says Japan will continue to provide utmost support to Ukraine.

Hamada met Ukrainian Deputy Defence Minister Volodymyr Havrylov in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Hamada said a series of outrageous acts by Russia have threatened the international order painstakingly built by the international community over many years. He said any attempt to change the status quo by force must not be accepted.

He said his ministry and the Self-Defense Forces will continue to do their utmost to support Ukraine, which is bravely fighting to protect its freedom and its homeland.

Havrylov thanked Japan for the SDF supply of equipment, such as bulletproof vests. He said he hopes Japan's cooperation and support will continue.

He added that Ukraine has experienced military forces, and is receiving strong support from the international community, including Japan. He said Ukraine will prevail.