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April 5, 2022

UK considers sending new types of military assistance to Ukraine

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also committed to increasing military assistance to Ukraine.

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The UK is reportedly considering sending new types of military aid to Ukraine as the latter continues to battle the Russian invasion.

The move comes after Ukraine sought assistance to protect itself from Russian naval attacks.

A spokesperson of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Reuters: “Certainly, the prime minister is keen to look beyond what we have already provided.

“We are aware of the requests from the Ukrainians for equipment to defend themselves from ships and we are looking into what we can do.”

The move comes as Prime Minister Johnson condemned the alleged atrocities by Russian forces in Ukraine and committed to increasing military aid to Ukraine.

He said: “We are stepping up our sanctions and military support, as well as bolstering our humanitarian support package to help those in need on the ground.”

Last week, British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace held the second International Defence Donor Conference for Ukraine (IDDCU).

During the meeting, the allies agreed to send an expanded military package to the war-affected nation.

The US is accelerating the supply of defensive weapons to Ukraine. The package includes Stinger and Javelin missiles, as well as uncrewed aerial systems.

Pentagon press secretary John F. Kirby said: “We’re going to continue to support Ukraine’s ability to defend itself. We’re going to do that as much as we can, and as fast as we can.

“We’ve now committed more than $2.3bn in security assistance to Ukraine just since the beginning of this administration, including more than $1.6bn since Russia’s invasion.”

The US recently committed an additional $300m worth of military aid to Ukraine. The assistance will include laser-guided rocket systems, non-standard machine guns, armoured high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles, and ammunition.

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