UK promises more ‘high explosive’ weapons for Kiev — Analysis
NATO members will be discussing additional military aid one-month into the Ukraine/Russia conflict
The UK said it will send more anti-armor missiles to Ukraine, as NATO member states are set to discuss additional support for Kiev amid Russia’s military campaign, which started exactly one month ago.
London will send 6,000 anti tank and “high explosive” missiles, as well as £25 million ($32.9 million) in military aid, the government announced on Thursday. These weapons include Javelins and NLAW missiles.
The BBC, meanwhile, will receive an extra £4.1 million ($5.4 million) for its Ukrainian and Russian language services, and to “counter disinformation about the war in Ukraine.” Russia’s media regulator, Roskomnadzor, accused the BBC of spreading misinformation about the Russian military campaign in Ukraine and blocked access to its website in early March.
The UK will continue to work “step up military and economic support to Ukraine, strengthening their defenses as they turn the tide in this fight,”Boris Johnson was the Prime Minister. “We can keep the flame of freedom alive in Ukraine, or risk it being snuffed out across Europe and the world.”
NATO member states will meet on Thursday to discuss further responses to Russia’s campaign in Ukraine, including more lethal aid. Peter Hultqvist, the Swedish Defence Minister, stated that Russia will send 5,000 anti-tank guns to his country. Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports that Germany intends to send another 2000 anti-tank weapon.
Western countries, however, have so far rejected Ukraine’s repeated pleas to shoot down Russian warplanes flying over the country, fearing direct confrontation with Moscow. The US also declined Poland’s offer to supply Kiev with Soviet-era combat aircraft.
Moscow attacked Ukraine exactly one month ago, following a seven-year standoff over Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. Minsk Protocol (German- and French-brokered) was created to normalize the status within Ukraine’s state.
Russia demanded Ukraine be declared neutral by the United States and refuse to join NATO. Kiev denies that Russia launched the Russian military offensive and claims it had plans to seize the two republics.
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