Monday 15 July, 2024

UK to step up military aid to Ukraine

The UK’s new Defence Secretary John Healey has promised to increase the UK’s support for Ukraine during his visit to Odesa, which came less than 48 hours after assuming office.

After meeting with President Zelenskyy and discussing with his counterpart, Defence Minister Rustem Umerov, Mr Healey announced that the UK would provide a new package of support to the country. This includes more artillery systems, a quarter of a million rounds of ammunition, and nearly 100 precision Brimstone missiles.

Mr Healey also pledged to fast-track military support committed for Ukraine in April, ensuring it arrives within the next 100 days and confirmed that Britain’s steadfast commitment to Ukraine will be reinvigorated by the new government in Westminster.

Speaking about the UK’s support for Ukraine Mr Healey said:

“There may have been a change in government, but the UK is united for Ukraine.”

“As the new Defence Secretary, I will ensure that we reinvigorate Britain’s support by stepping up supplies of vital military aid.”

“Our commitment to stand with the Ukrainian people is absolute, as is our resolve to confront Russian aggression and pursue Putin for his war crimes.”

“This government is steadfast in our commitment to continue supplying military assistance and will stand shoulder to shoulder with our Ukrainian friends for as long as it takes.”

This new UK military aid package includes a quarter of a million rounds of 50 calibre ammunition, 90 anti-armour Brimstone missiles, 50 small military boats to support river and coastal operations, 40 de-mining vehicles, 10 AS-90 artillery guns, 61 bulldozers to help build defensive positions and support for previously gifted AS-90s, including 32 new barrels and critical spares which will help Ukraine fire another 60,000 155mm rounds.

Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie is the founder and editor of DefenceToday.com. Neil is also the editor of other online publications covering military history, defence and security. He can be found on Twitter: @NeilRitchie86.

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