Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a £50 million ($59 million) defense aid package for Ukraine on Saturday during his first visit to Kyiv since becoming British leader.
According to Downing Street, the package consists of 125 anti-aircraft guns and technology to counter Iranian-supplied drones, including dozens of radar and anti-drone electronic warfare capabilities.
The UK will deploy specialized Army medics and technicians to areas where critical infrastructure has been hit by Russian missiles to provide expert assistance.
Sunak also donated tens of thousands of winter kits for the Ukrainian army, £12 million ($14 million) for the World Food Programme’s response, and £4 million to the International Organization for Migration to help provide generators. We have identified additional aid packages, including ($4.8 million). Shelter, water fix, mobile clinic.
By Wednesday, the UK had provided £2.3bn ($2.7bn) worth of military aid, including hundreds of armored vehicles, thousands of anti-tank weapons and multiple launches, according to the UK Defense Ministry. It included a rocket system.
Sunak’s visit comes a week after tensions between the West and Russia rose after a missile hit a Polish village near the Ukrainian border, raising concerns that Russia had attacked a NATO member.
Tensions have eased as the attack was likely attributed to the Ukrainian Defense Forces, but Russia’s missile strikes against the country have shown no signs of relent.
According to Downing Street, the Ukrainian military says Russia launched more than 148 missile strikes against critical infrastructure last week, cutting power to about 10 million people.
Sunak laid wreaths at war dead cenotaphs, lit candles at Holodomor famine victims cenotaphs, met first responders at fire stations, and used Iranian-made bombs to target and bomb civilians. I was shown that I captured a drone. In recent months, Downing Street said,
The prime minister said it was “extremely humbling” to meet people defending “the principles of sovereignty and democracy”.
“I am proud that Britain has been with Ukraine from the beginning. And I am here today to say that Britain and our allies will end this barbaric war and achieve a just peace.” I will continue to stand by Ukraine as we fight for it,” said Sunak, following in the footsteps of his predecessors Boris Johnson and Liz Truss.
Earlier on Saturday, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverley said Iran’s nuclear program was “more advanced than ever” and that the administration “has armed drones that are currently killing civilians in Ukraine. We are relying on selling to .
Speaking at the annual international security forum in Bahrain, Cleverley said a Royal Navy frigate intercepted “a speedboat with engines for surface-to-air missiles and cruise missiles” twice this year in waters south of Iran. said.
He said he was determined to work with Britain’s allies to “counter the Iranian threat, deter conventional arms smuggling and prevent the regime from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability.”