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Ukraine. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will announce the largest British aid package for Ukraine in Warsaw

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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will announce a new aid package for Ukraine on Tuesday in Warsaw. Its value is 500 million pounds – informed the office of the head of the British government. As emphasized, this is the largest single British aid package for Ukraine.

The announcement announced that Rishi Sunak would meet with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to discuss deepening British-Polish relations, after which they would both hold talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on European security and support for Ukraine.

Sunak will then travel to Germany to meet Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

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£500 million of support

The government in London said the additional funding of £500 million would increase the value of British military aid to Ukraine to three billion pounds this year and would be used to quickly deliver urgently needed munitions, air defence, drones and engineering support.

The UK Ministry of Defense will also provide the largest single package of equipment to Ukraine to date, which will include 60 combat boats, over 1,600 strike and air defense missiles, as well as additional long-range Storm Shadow precision guided missiles, over 400 vehicles, 162 armored vehicles, 78 off-road vehicles and almost four million rounds of ammunition for small arms.

Rishi Sunak in Kiev. Photo from January 12 president.gov.ua

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“The defense of Ukraine is crucial for our security”

“Defending Ukraine against Russia's brutal ambitions is crucial for our security and the security of Europe as a whole. If Putin succeeds in this aggressive war, he will not stop at the Polish border,” the British government said in a statement. It also stated that the head of government's visit to Warsaw would be aimed at deepening ties with Polish partners and providing new military support for the defense of Ukraine. “The Ukrainian armed forces continue to fight bravely, but they need our support – and they need it now,” Sunak was quoted as saying.

The statement announced that during his first face-to-face meeting with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, Sunak would seek to deepen ties between the UK and Poland on a number of issues. It is expected to offer the deployment of a squadron of RAF Typhoon fighters to conduct NATO Air Policing operations over Poland next year. In addition, to further boost trade and support British companies looking to invest in Poland, it will announce a tripling of funds available under UK Export Finance, the UK's export support mechanism, from £5 million to £15.

Main photo source: president.gov.ua



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