UK’s Sunak arrives in Kyiv with $60 million worth of air defense aid for Ukraine

19 November 2022, 10:33 PM
Britain will help Ukraine strengthen air defense (Photo:OP)

Britain will help Ukraine strengthen air defense (Photo:OP)

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak arrived in Kyiv on Nov. 19 with the pledge of an air defence aid package worth GBP 50 million ($60 million) for Ukraine, the Ukrainian President’s Office reported on its Telegram channel on Nov. 19.

It includes 125 anti-aircraft guns and technology to counter deadly Iranian Shahed-136 drones, including dozens of radars and anti-drone electronic warfare capability, Sunak said at a press briefing with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv

"We are today providing new air defences, including 120 special anti-aircraft guns, as well as radars and anti-drone equipment,” Sunak said.

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The United Kingdom will also send expert army medics and engineers to the region to offer training and specialised support," the UP leader added.

He also promised humanitarian and military support to help Ukraine’s army and population get through the winter ahead – in particular he promised supplies of winter military equipment.

UK humanitarian aid to Ukraine this winter so far totals over GBP 16 million ($19 million), Sunak said.

"While Ukraine's armed forces succeed in pushing back Russian forces on the ground, civilians are being brutally bombarded from the air, we continue providing our support to you," Sunak said, addressing the Ukrainian people.

Next year the United Kingdom is holding a reconstruction conference for Ukraine in London.

"We hope to bring this barbarous war to an end and deliver a just peace, with the rule of law and respect for the state's sovereignty, and those who committed war crimes being brought to justice," Sunak said.

The “surprise” visit was the new UK prime minister’s first to Ukraine. It was announced several days ago that Sunak planned to visit Ukraine, but it was only said that he would be visiting “soon.”

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