UK to provide another 1 billion pounds of military support to Ukraine
Britain will provide another 1 billion pounds ($1.2 billion) of military support to Ukraine, the British government said on Wednesday, as Nato branded Russia the biggest “direct threat” to Western security.
The funding will go towards boosting Ukraine’s defence capabilities, including air defense systems, uncrewed aerial vehicles, new electronic warfare equipment and thousands of pieces of equipment for Ukrainian soldiers.
“UK weapons, equipment and training are transforming Ukraine’s defenses against this onslaught. And we will continue to stand squarely behind the Ukrainian people to ensure Putin fails in Ukraine,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement.
The latest funding comes after Britain said in May it would provide an additional 1.3 billion pounds in military support and aid to Ukraine, and takes the UK’s total military and economic support to 3.8 billion pounds this year.
Ukrainian troops have also started training in Britain after Johnson offered to launch a major operation with the potential to train up to 10,000 soldiers every 120 days.
At a Nato summit dominated by Russia’s invasion, which Moscow says is a “special military operation” to rid Ukraine of dangerous nationalists, Nato agreed plans to modernize Kyiv’s armed forces, saying it stood fully behind Ukrainians'”heroic defense of their country”.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video link-up with the summit in Madrid that Ukraine needed $5 billion a month for its defence and protection.
($1 = 0.8251 pounds)
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