The British government has pledged £ 1.3 billion ($ 1.6 billion) of additional military aid to Ukraine to maintain its continued resistance to Russia’s aggression.
The newly announced package contains £ 300 million ($ 370 million) of military equipment promised by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on May 3. For example, counter-battery radar systems targeting Russian cannons, GPS jammers, night vision devices, and so on.
In a statement, President Johnson said that the “brutal attack” launched by Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24 was not only “causing immense devastation in Ukraine” but also “peace and security throughout Europe.” Is threatening. “
He said Britain was “the first country to recognize the magnitude of the threat and send weapons to help Ukrainians defend themselves.”
“We support our efforts in cooperation with our allies so that Ukraine can continue to push back Russia’s aggression and survive as a free and democratic country,” he said.
“In the process, we are strengthening our own security and economy, accelerating the development and production of state-of-the-art defense equipment here in the UK,” he added.
Johnson will host a meeting of arms companies later this month to discuss increasing production in response to the additional demand for weapons caused by the conflict in Ukraine.
This funding includes approximately £ 400 million ($ 494 million) in humanitarian aid and an additional £ 700 million (86400) in World Bank financing, in addition to previous commitments worth approximately £ 1.5 billion ($ 1.8 billion). Includes a $ 10,000 loan guarantee.
Minister of Finance Rishi Sunak said:
“The United Kingdom is at the forefront of providing economic, humane and defensive support to Ukraine, and we are working tirelessly to end this conflict.”
Meanwhile, the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) said losses and sanctions in Ukraine have impaired Russia’s ability to fight modern equipment.
With that intelligence update On May 7, MoD said: After this conflict, it will take a considerable amount of time and money for Russia to reorganize its army.
“Sanctions restricting access to important Russian microelectronic components will make it particularly difficult to replace modernized advanced equipment.”
PA Media contributed to this report.