UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has announced a new military assistance package aimed at building Ukraine’s air defences in the wake of escalated attacks by Russia. 

In this regard, the UK will provide Ukraine with AMRAAM rockets and hundreds of additional advanced air defence missiles.

To be delivered in the coming weeks, the AMRAAM rockets will help Ukrainian forces protect key infrastructure from missile strikes.

Capable of shooting down cruise missiles, the rockets will be used with the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS), which will be supplied by the US.

The package also includes hundreds of aerial drones intended to help Ukraine with data collection and logistics capabilities.

The UK will also donate 18 howitzer artillery guns, in addition to the 64 units delivered previously.

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Defence Secretary Wallace said: “Russia’s latest indiscriminate strikes on civilian areas in Ukraine warrant further support to those seeking to defend their nation.

“So today I have authorised the supply of AMRAAM anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine. These weapons will help Ukraine defend its skies from attacks and strengthen their overall missile defence alongside the US NASAMS.”

The UK has also pledged £10m for Nato’s Comprehensive Assistance Package that seeks to provide urgent non-lethal aid to Ukraine.

The assistance will include winter clothes, shelters, generators, fuel trucks, and ambulances for the Ukrainian Army.

According to the UK Ministry of Defence, the government has so far delivered multiple air defence systems, including Stormer vehicles with Starstreak launchers, and hundreds of anti-air missiles to Ukrainian forces.

In response to increasing missile strikes by Russia, Nato member nations have increased their presence across the Baltic and North seas with satellites, ships, submarines, and maritime patrol aircraft.