UK vows to transfer hundreds of thousands of ammo rounds to Ukraine in 2023

19 December 2022, 04:26 PM
Rishi Sunak (Photo:Henry Nicholls/File Photo/Reuters)

Rishi Sunak (Photo:Henry Nicholls/File Photo/Reuters)

The UK government will donate hundreds of thousands of rounds of artillery ammunition worth about £250 million ($306 million) to Ukraine next year, according to a press release posted on the British government's website on Dec. 19.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak plans to announce a new large artillery package for Ukraine during the summit of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) hosted by the Latvian capital, Riga, on Dec. 19.

At the meeting with his counterparts from the Nordic countries, the Baltic States and the Netherlands, he will also exchange views on ongoing efforts to counter Russian aggression.

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According to London, this package of weapons will become a permanent inflow of the most important artillery ammunition to Ukraine throughout 2023.

Sunak calls on leaders to maintain or exceed the level of support for Ukraine in 2022 in 2023, according to a statement released by the British Prime Minister's office.

"From the Arctic Circle to the Isle of Wight, the UK and our European allies have been in lockstep in our response to the invasion of Ukraine, and we remain steadfast in our ambition for peace in Europe once again," the British Prime Minister said.

“But to achieve peace, we must deter aggression and our deployments across the region together are vital in ensuring we are able to respond to the gravest of threats.”

The JEF meeting, which is attended by the leaders of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, will also feature a speech by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

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