Sunak’s workplace says the brand new package deal will embody ‘a whole lot of hundreds of rounds of artillery ammunition’ to be used in opposition to Russia.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is about to announce a brand new $304m package deal of navy assist for Ukraine to bolster its counteroffensive in opposition to Russia.
The package deal consists of “a whole lot of hundreds of rounds of artillery” and goals to make sure “a continuing movement of vital artillery ammunition to Ukraine all through 2023”, a press release from the prime minister’s workplace introduced on Monday.
Sunak will make the announcement throughout a summit of the Joint Expeditionary Power (JEF) in Latvia in a while Monday, his workplace stated.
The JEF summit brings collectively leaders from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK, and was referred to as to debate the “ongoing efforts to counter Russian aggression within the Nordic and Baltic areas”, the assertion stated.
On the assembly, Sunak will name on Nordic, Baltic and Dutch counterparts to take care of or exceed 2022 ranges of assist for Ukraine in 2023.
“The UK is already Europe’s main supplier of defensive assist to Ukraine, together with sending A number of Launch Rocket Programs and lately, 125 anti-aircraft weapons,” the assertion added.
“We have now additionally offered greater than 100,000 rounds of ammunition since February, with the deliveries instantly linked to profitable operations to retake territory in Ukraine.”
Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, the UK has dedicated some $7.43bn in assist, in accordance to the Kiel Institute for the World Economic system, a Germany-based group that tracks assist for Kyiv.
The UK is the second-biggest donor nation to Ukraine after the USA, which has pledged some $51bn in humanitarian, monetary and navy assist, in keeping with the Kiel Institute.
Sunak’s workplace stated the British chief had up to date Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the newest assist final week.
The pair had met in individual when Sunak visited Kyiv final month.
Zelenskyy is in the meantime anticipated to deal with the JEF summit within the Latvian capital, Riga, through video hyperlink, in keeping with Sunak’s workplace.
The JEF assembly may even focus on additional air defence assist for Ukraine, which has been scrambling to fend off Russian missile assaults on its vital infrastructure, together with its energy grid, it stated.
The discussions in Riga may even contact on assist for Finland and Sweden forward of their accession to NATO, it added.