UK to supply Ukraine with 120 armored vehicles, $500mln in World Bank loans
Despite warnings from Russia against fueling the fire in Ukraine via western arms, the United Kingdom is sending further military assistance to Ukraine as the war in the country unfolds.
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 on Friday. It includes more Starstreak anti-aircraft missiles, 800 anti-tank missiles, and loitering munitions for precision strikes.
This added to the package of billions of dollars of arms and military equipment sent to Kiev since the war began, not to mention the military training provided to Ukrainian soldiers.
The US government has provided Ukraine with $2.3 billion in security assistance since President Joe Biden took office last January, including thousands of anti-tank and anti-aircraft missile systems.
The European Union has agreed to send $500 million worth of arms and equipment to Kiev, and Ukraine nonetheless still urged the West to boost its military capabilities.
Earlier today, the Russian Ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, warned that the influx of Western arms to the conflict zone in Ukraine was adding fuel to the fire.
"It is extremely important that Western countries stop adding fuel to the fire by pumping Kiev's regime with weapons," he said.