UK’s PM Sunak to announce $304m in new navy assist for Ukraine


Sunak’s workplace says the brand new bundle will embrace ‘hundreds of thousands of rounds of artillery ammunition’ to be used towards Russia.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is ready to announce a brand new $304m bundle of navy assist for Ukraine to bolster its counteroffensive towards Russia.

The bundle contains “hundreds of thousands of rounds of artillery” and goals to make sure “a constant flow of critical artillery ammunition to Ukraine throughout 2023”, an announcement from the prime minister’s workplace introduced on Monday.

Sunak will make the announcement throughout a summit of the Joint Expeditionary Force (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 United Kingdom, and was referred to as to debate the “ongoing efforts to counter Russian aggression in the Nordic and Baltic regions”, the assertion stated.

At the assembly, Sunak will name on Nordic, Baltic and Dutch counterparts to keep up or exceed 2022 ranges of help for Ukraine in 2023.

“The UK is already Europe’s leading provider of defensive aid to Ukraine, including sending Multiple Launch Rocket Systems and recently, 125 anti-aircraft guns,” the assertion added.

“We have also provided more than 100,000 rounds of ammunition since February, with the deliveries directly linked to successful operations to retake territory in Ukraine.”

Ukraine'S President Volodymyr Zelenskiy Shakes Hands With British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak During A Meeting In Kyiv, Ukraine.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy shakes palms with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in Kyiv, Ukraine, on November 19, 2022 [Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/handout via Reuters]

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 Economy, a Germany-based group that tracks help for Kyiv.

The UK is the second-biggest donor nation to Ukraine after the United States, which has pledged some $51bn in humanitarian, monetary and navy assist, in response to the Kiel Institute.

Sunak’s workplace stated the British chief had up to date Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the most recent 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, by way of video hyperlink, in response to Sunak’s workplace.

The JEF assembly will even talk about additional air defence help 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 will even contact on help for Finland and Sweden forward of their accession to NATO, it added.