UK will send air defence missiles and long-range attack drones to Ukraine

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  • May 15, 2023
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Rishi Sunak has announced that hundreds of air defence missiles and further long-range attack drones will be delivered to Ukraine in the coming months.

There have been a number of promises on behalf of Britain since Russia launched an all-out invasion of its neighbour by land, air and sea in February, 2022.

Defence secretary Ben Wallace confirmed on Friday that multiple ‘Storm Shadow’ cruise missiles – with a range of more than 155 miles – have been promised to the country.

This will be the first long-range cruise missile in its arsenal and will be critical in helping the country defend against attacks on national infrastructure.

Weapons have made its way to Ukraine as Western leaders are racing against time ahead of ‘the first important steps’ of a highly-anticipated spring counteroffensive against the Russian forces.

But Volodymyr Zelensky is making sure this support does not dry up by personally visiting European capitals over the last week, and meeting with his counterparts.

His first stop was Rome, then Berlin, then Paris, and today the Ukrainian president has arrived in London for a meeting with Mr Sunak.

Mr Zelensky will hold talks with the PM at Chequers, becoming the very first world leader he has hosted at the Buckinghamshire residence. 

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A statement from Downing Street said: ‘Today the prime minister will confirm the further UK provision of hundreds of air defence missiles and further unmanned aerial systems including hundreds of new long-range attack drones with a range of over 200km.

‘These will all be delivered over the coming months as Ukraine prepares to intensify its resistance to the ongoing Russian invasion.

‘This equipment will support Ukraine over the coming months in their anticipated military surge to counter Russian forces.

‘During their meeting today the prime minister will discuss with president Zelensky what support Ukraine needs from the international community, both in terms of immediate military equipment and long-term defences.’

The announcement comes just hours after a former aviation school, believed to be used by Russian forces, was reportedly targeted with the ‘Storm Shadow’ long-range missiles.

Two explosions sounded at 8am local time at the suspected barracks in the city of Luhansk.

Footage showed a burning building and thick smoke rising into the sky after the strikes.

In addition, the missiles were used on Friday on the former academy of the internal affairs ministry and the Polipak Machine Building Plant 100 in Luhansk.

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