UK support of Ukraine will continue and ‘evolve,’ foreign secretary says

17 January, 11:17 PM
James Cleverly (Photo:REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

James Cleverly (Photo:REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

The UK government will continue to support Ukraine until it emerges victorious, with security assistance “inevitably evolving further,” UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly told CNN on Jan. 17.

“The message we’re sending to (Russian dictator Vladimir) Putin and frankly, anyone else that cares to be watching, is that we made a commitment to supporting Ukrainians until they were victorious,” Cleverly said.

The secretary did not specify what exactly London’s military aid will include in the future, saying instead that “our support has evolved and it is inevitable that it will continue to evolve.”

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He noted that in 2022, Ukraine’s allies were not considering sending Kyiv modern tanks and heavy artillery – something that has already been announced in recent weeks.

“This is what they need to get the job done,” Cleverly added.

“This is what we’re going to supply. And we’re going to supply modern heavy military equipment and the ammunition to allow them to defend themselves properly.”

On Jan. 16, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace confirmed UK will be the first country to deliver modern main battle tanks to Ukraine – as he announced the transfer of 14 Challenger-2 tanks and 30 AS90 self-propelled howitzers.

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