UK to promise more weapons for Ukraine as Rishi Sunak meets Zelenskyy

Rishi Sunak will promise to ship extra navy {hardware} to Ukraine when he meets Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a shock assembly at Chequers, the UK prime minister’s nation residence close to London.

The Ukrainian president has been visiting European capitals over the weekend as he drums up assist for his nation forward of an anticipated counter-offensive in opposition to Russia.

On Monday he introduced a go to to the UK. “At present — London,” Zelenskyy tweeted. “The UK is a frontrunner in the case of increasing our capabilities on the bottom and within the air. This co-operation will proceed right now.”

Sunak will affirm additional provision of lots of of air-defence missiles and extra unmanned aerial programs, together with lots of of recent long-range assault drones with a spread of greater than 200km, Downing Road mentioned.

The UK confirmed final week it had supplied Storm Shadow missiles to Ukraine, the primary long-range cruise missile in Kyiv’s arsenal.

Downing Road mentioned the additional weaponry can be supplied over the approaching months and would assist Ukraine in its counter-offensive.

Sunak mentioned: “This can be a essential second in Ukraine’s resistance to a horrible warfare of aggression they didn’t select or provoke.

“We should not allow them to down. The entrance traces of Putin’s warfare of aggression could also be in Ukraine, however the faultlines stretch everywhere in the world.”

The UK supplied £2.3bn price of navy assist to Ukraine final 12 months and this 12 months has supplied a squadron of Challenger 2 battle tanks together with different weaponry together with armoured automobiles and self-propelled weapons.

The UK has additionally skilled 15,000 Ukrainian troops in Britain, in addition to coaching troops in Ukraine between 2014 and 2022.

Zelenskyy on Sunday held talks with the leaders in France and Germany, having visited Rome on Saturday.

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