Prime Minister Boris Johnson will promise to send another 6,000 missiles to Ukraine as he pressures other NATO and G7 leaders to increase their support to help the country stop Russia’s invasion.
In a call with Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday, he said he would try to put Ukraine “in the strongest possible position in ongoing peace talks”.
The United Kingdom has already sent 4,000 missiles, including NLAW and Javelin anti-tank weapons, to Ukraine, but the country’s stockpile of high-tech weapons is said to be running out and can only last another week.
Britain will more than double its commitment by sending 6,000 more missiles and £ 25 million in financial assistance to the Ukrainian military, as well as £ 4.1 million to help the BBC World Service tackle misinformation about the invasion.
Johnson said: “Vladimir Putin is already failing in Ukraine. The Ukrainian people have proven to be extraordinarily brave and persistent in defending their homeland, in the face of an unprovoked attack.
“But we can and will not stand by while Russia paints Ukraine’s cities to dust. The United Kingdom will work with our allies to increase military and economic support for Ukraine and strengthen their defenses as they turn the tide in this fight. “
Troops in Ukraine are in desperate need of weapons of any kind to continue holding back Russia’s attacks, a local lawmaker has said. I. Soldiers are believed to have enough of the most critical and useful Western weapons to last a week as the country shoots through a week’s supply of equipment in about 20 hours.
The declining stockpile could hamper the size of Ukraine’s defense with civilians eager to carry weapons to defend their country, said Sviatoslav Yurash, a Kiev-based MP: “The reality is that many people want to take part in the struggle. “We definitely need more support. It is by no means enough.”
Sir. Yurash specifically called for more air defense weapons, saying, “If the West does not want to enforce a no-fly zone, we must do so ourselves.”
Ukraine’s dependence on the West for aid was inevitable due to its underdeveloped stockpile of weapons, experts said. “Before 2014, it did not see itself as being under military threat,” said Nick Reynolds, a research analyst on land warfare at the Royal United Services Institute.
He said: “Russia annexed Crimea and invaded the Donbas and the Ukrainian military was very unprepared for it. It has spent the last eight years trying to rectify it.”
Justice Minister Dominic Raab travels again to The Hague on Thursday to chair a meeting of ministers from around the world seeking to build a war crimes case against Russia’s military and government.
British soldiers specializing in intelligence gathering will be sent to the International Criminal Court and Britain will offer an additional £ 1m in funding as well as assistance from Metropolitan Police Service’s war crimes team.
Raab said: “President Putin and his leaders should know that they will be held accountable for their actions and risk ending up spending the rest of their days behind bars.”