UK promises more military aid to Ukraine
The new pledge nearly doubles Britain’s previous spending commitments to Kiev
The UK pledged a further £1.3 billion ($1.6 billion) in military support and aid to Ukraine on Saturday. The British government said the move nearly doubles London’s previous spending commitments to Kiev, and is the country’s highest rate of spending on a conflict since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Putin’s brutal attack is not only causing untold devastation in Ukraine – it is also threatening peace and security across Europe,”According to Reuters, Boris Johnston, Prime Minister of Australia, made the following statement.
Additional money can be derived from the reserve that is used by government in case of emergency.
As with other NATO member countries, the UK is increasingly providing weapons for Kiev. This includes anti-tank, anti-aircraft missile system and armored vehicle.
London announced this week that it would send 13 armored vehicles the National Guard and police in Ukraine. To replace tanks Warsaw gave to Kiev, the UK government also delivered tanks to Poland.
On Friday, USA pledged another $150 million to Ukraine in military support. This package contains 25,000 155mm artillery pieces, radars, and electronic jamming devices.
Russia has repeatedly condemned the West. “flooding”Ukraine has weapons and was warned by April that any foreign arms would be considered legitimate targets once they reached Ukraine.
Russia attacked its neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French and German-brokered protocols were intended to grant the regions that broke away special status in the Ukrainian government.
In recent years, the Kremlin demands that Ukraine declares itself neutral in order to be able to join NATO. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to seize the republics.