UK gov't to announce $375m package of military aid to Ukraine
The millions of dollars worth of aid bound to flare up the ongoing war in Ukraine come amid calls for Boris Johnson's resignation following a series of scandals.
The United Kingdom will offer Ukraine $375 million in military aid, according to a statement from the UK government.
"PM will address Ukraine’s Parliament today [Tuesday] via live video link, the first world leader to address the Verkhovna Rada since the conflict began. The Government will announce a new £300m package of defensive military aid for Ukraine and send specialized civilian protection vehicles," according to the statement.
Last month, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to supply his Ukrainian ally Volodymyr Zelensky with more military aid, namely 120 armored vehicles and an additional $500 million in World Bank loans.
"The Prime Minister set out new military assistance of 120 armored vehicles and new anti-ship missile systems," Downing Street said in a statement ahead of Johnson's visit to Kiev.
London's fresh package of military aid is in addition to $195 million worth of military equipment announced last month. It includes more Starstreak anti-aircraft missiles, 800 anti-tank missiles, and loitering munitions for precision strikes.
On February 24, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine in response to Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics' requests for support against growing attacks by Ukrainian troops.
The Russian Defense Ministry said the special operation, which targets Ukrainian military infrastructure, aims to "demilitarize and denazify" Ukraine. Moscow has said it has no plans to occupy Ukraine. Western nations have imposed sanctions on Russia and Belarus.