British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunakmet this Saturday in kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, with the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenskyon his first trip to Ukraine since he took over as ‘premier’ on October 25.
In this sense, in a statement, it has announced that Great Britain will provide an air defense package of 50 million pounds -59.4 million dollars- to help Ukraine; including anti-aircraft guns and technology to counter Iranian-supplied drones.
“Today we are providing new air defense, including anti-aircraft guns, radar and anti-drone equipment, and stepping up humanitarian support for the cold and harsh winter ahead,” Sunak said in a statement.
Before Rishi Sunak, the former prime minister Boris Johnson, had led the European response to the Russian invasion. This help continued during the brief tenure of his successor, Liz Truss. Sunak now assumes this role ensuring that her country knows “perfectly” what it is to fight for freedom. “The United Kingdom knows what it means to fight for freedom. We are with you until the end,” says a message in English and Ukrainian posted on the social network, reports efe.
As the second largest donor behind the United States, the United Kingdom has allocated a total of 2.55 billion euros in military assistance to Ukraine and plans to maintain it in 2023, along with another 460 million euros in humanitarian aid.
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“I am proud of how the UK has supported Ukraine from the start. And I am here today to say that the UK and our allies will continue to support Ukraine as they fight to end this barbaric war and achieve a just peace.” Sunak said in statements to the BBC.
The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, also published a video this Saturday in relation to the meeting between the two in kyiv, thanking London for its continued support. “With friends like you by our side, we are confident of our victory. Our two nations know what it means to defend freedom,” Zelenskiy explained.
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