In an announcement made by Rishi Sunak, it was revealed that Ukraine will receive a substantial delivery of air defence missiles and additional long-range attack drones in the upcoming months.
Ever since Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine via land, air, and sea in February 2022, Britain has made several commitments to support its neighboring country.
On Friday, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace confirmed that Ukraine can expect multiple ‘Storm Shadow’ cruise missiles with a range exceeding 155 miles. This acquisition marks a significant addition to Ukraine’s military capabilities and will play a crucial role in safeguarding their national infrastructure from potential attacks.
With Western leaders striving to assist Ukraine in time for the anticipated spring counteroffensive against Russian forces, weapons have been dispatched to the country. Meanwhile, Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, has been actively ensuring that this support continues by personally visiting various European capitals and meeting with his counterparts.
Beginning with Rome and progressing to Berlin and Paris, Zelensky has now arrived in London for a meeting with Mr Sunak. The Ukrainian president will engage in discussions with the Prime Minister at Chequers, making him the first world leader to be hosted at the esteemed Buckinghamshire residence by the Prime Minister.
A statement from Downing Street said: ‘Today the prime minister will confirm the further UK provision of hundreds of air defence missiles and further unmanned aerial systems including hundreds of new long-range attack drones with a range of over 200km.
‘These will all be delivered over the coming months as Ukraine prepares to intensify its resistance to the ongoing Russian invasion.
‘This equipment will support Ukraine over the coming months in their anticipated military surge to counter Russian forces.
‘During their meeting today the prime minister will discuss with president Zelensky what support Ukraine needs from the international community, both in terms of immediate military equipment and long-term defences.’
The visit also comes ahead of a G7 gathering in Hiroshima, Japan, later this week which will be attended by the PM.