The United Kingdom has said it will provide Ukraine with another £ 1.3 billion ($ 1.60 billion) in military support and assistance, a promise made ahead of Sunday’s planned video link between G7 leaders and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Prime Minister Johnson was one of the strongest supporters of Ukraine’s efforts to counter Russian forces after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the February 24 invasion. Johnson’s government sent anti-tank missiles, air defense systems and other weapons to Ukraine.
The new promise nearly doubles Britain’s previous commitments on spending on Ukraine, and the government said it was the highest level of spending on the conflict since the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, though it did not give details of that calculation.
“Putin’s brutal attack is not only causing vague destruction in Ukraine, but also threatening peace and security throughout Europe,” Johnson said in a statement. Last week, he became the first Western leader to address Ukraine’s parliament since the invasion began.
The leaders of the G7 countries – Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States – will hold a virtual meeting with Zelensky on Sunday, the day before Victory Day, which marks the end of World War II. Two in Europe.
Britain has said that additional spending on Ukraine will come from the reserve used by the government for emergencies.
The government also said Johnson would host a meeting of leading defense companies later this month to discuss increasing production in response to increased demand created by the war in Ukraine.
Although the UK has provided significant military assistance, it has so far accepted relatively few of the more than 5 million Ukrainians who have left their country. The British government said on Saturday that it had so far issued more than 86,000 visas to Ukrainians, of whom about 27,000 had arrived in Britain.