Britain gives 125 anti-aircraft guns and 50M GBPs to Ukraine
LONDON ($1=0.84 GBP) — Mr. Rishi Sunak, the newly elected British Prime Minister is visiting Kyiv. He said being in Kyiv was “deeply humbling”. Today’s visit [November 19] was spent with a bilateral meeting between him and Ukrainian President Mr. Volodymyr Zelensky. Mr. Sunak promised Zelensky 50 million British pounds [$60 million] in aid for Ukraine’s civilian population to cope with the coming winter.
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Regarding the defense of Ukraine and possible new aid to the Ukrainian army, Mr. Sunak promised Mr. Zelensky that Ukraine would receive 125 British air defense systems. However, it was not clear what anti-aircraft guns the British Prime Minister was referring to. Most likely, this matter will be discussed in the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain, if it has not already been.
Britain will also supply radar systems, anti-drone equipment, and medical supplies. The British Prime Minister said that Britain will increase not only military supplies to Ukraine but also humanitarian aid. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that earlier this month the British Prime Minister promised the delivery of 1,000 new anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine.
Over 10 million Ukrainians have been without power in recent weeks. Russia launched massive airstrikes over major Ukrainian cities. The Russians’ main targets were energy infrastructure, as well as military data transfer centers between the Ministry of Defense and NATO’s reconnaissance drones, or early warning planes. According to various open data, 148 missile strikes have been carried out by the Russians in recent days.
Mr. Sunak arrived in Ukraine with another, a no less important announcement: Britain will fund eight critical Ukrainian infrastructure construction projects. The money will come from UK Export Finance. These infrastructure sites are six bridges and two schools, as well as a residential complex in Bucha for at least 2,250 residents.
Funding will further provide power generators, shelter, repair of water sources, as well as the deployment of mobile clinics. Mr. Sunak said he hoped this support would be the basis for Ukraine’s economic recovery, despite the ongoing hostilities against Russian armed forces.
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