Westminster, 22 July 2022 (TDI): Ben Wallace, Secretary of State for Defense of the United Kingdom (UK) announced military support for Ukraine, in a parliament session, on Thursday.

The United Kingdom will supply artillery guns, drones, and anti-tank weapons to Ukraine. The assistance will also include the provision of counter-battery radar systems.

Defence Secretary announced in Parliament, “36 L119 105mm artillery guns and 20 M109 155mm self-propelled guns will soon arrive from the UK”.

The delivery of military equipment will step up the United Kingdom’s support of Ukraine. It will also bolster the ability of Ukrainian armed forces to defend themselves against Russian forces.

Statement by the Defense Secretary

Ben Wallace said, “The scale and range of equipment we are providing demonstrate the strength of our resolve.

Together with our international partners, we will ensure Ukraine has the tools to defend its country from Putin’s illegal invasion.”

Apart from this package, the United Kingdom has previously supplied multiple-launch rocket systems, Brimstone missiles, and non-lethal aid, including night vision devices and sets of body armor.

UK-Ukraine Relations

The United Kingdom and Ukraine have built a strong alliance since the Russian-Ukraine War of 2014, especially after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022. They have also signed a trilateral security Pact with Poland to increase energy security and improve cyber security.

Moreover, in February 2022, the United Kingdom announced a $500 million package to support Ukraine to mitigate the economic effects of Russian aggression.

In June 2022, Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, announced that the UK would provide £1 billion of military support to Ukraine.

He also stated, “UK weapons, equipment, and training are transforming Ukraine’s defenses against this onslaught. And we will continue to stand squarely behind the Ukrainian people to ensure Putin fails in Ukraine.”

Apart from this, the UK has continuously provided humanitarian assistance amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. A total of £220 million of development and humanitarian assistance has been provided till now.