Rishi Sunak is to announce a £500m army support bundle to Ukraine in its battle towards Russia alongside the UK’s largest provision of munitions up to now.

Some 400 automobiles, 60 boats, 1,600 strike and air defence missiles, and 4 million rounds of ammunition are included within the bundle.

The announcement comes throughout a downswing for Ukraine as Russian forces have been gaining the higher hand in current weeks.

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Moscow took the jap Ukrainian city of Avdiivka on 17 February and has been progressing ever since, occupying different villages.

Final month, Russia launched an airstrike into Ukraine’s western area of Lviv, close to Poland’s border, which noticed one cruise missile briefly fly into Polish airspace, in keeping with Warsaw.

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The prime minister will journey to Poland on Tuesday to make the announcement, which takes the UK to £3bn in army support to Ukraine this monetary yr.

Mr Sunak stated: “Defending Ukraine towards Russia’s brutal ambitions is important for our safety and for all of Europe. If Putin is allowed to achieve this battle of aggression, he is not going to cease on the Polish border.

“Ukraine’s armed forces proceed to battle bravely, however they want our help – and so they want it now.”

Defence Secretary Grant Shapps reiterated the UK was “the primary” to offer NLAW anti-tank missiles, fashionable tanks and long-range missiles to Ukraine.

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The disaster within the Center East has additionally turned international consideration away from the battle in Ukraine, as Israel continues to bombard Gaza.

Nevertheless, in a serious win for Ukraine, a $60.8bn (£49bn) invoice was handed by the US Home of Representatives to which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed his thanks saying American lawmakers moved to maintain “historical past heading in the right direction”.

Throughout his go to, Mr Sunak can even meet with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk earlier than heading to Germany to fulfill Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

The federal government will supply to deploy an RAF Hurricane Squadron to hold out NATO monitoring over Poland subsequent yr with the intention of strengthening the 2 nation’s ties.


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