A further £ 1.3bn in military aid will be provided by the UK to Ukrainian troops as they fight Russia’s invasion.
The escalation of British aid for Wolodymyr Zelenskyy forces is the highest rate of UK military spending on a conflict since the height of campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The £ 1.3bn, drawn from UK reserves, includes £ 300m of military kit promised by Boris Johnson earlier this week.
Mr Johnson, US President Joe Biden and leaders of other G7 nations will hold talks with Ukrainian President Mr Zelenskyy on Sunday to discuss the additional offer.
The military kit promised by Mr. Johnson includes anti-battery radar systems to target Russian artillery, GPS jamming equipment and night vision devices.
The news comes as the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Iryna Vereshchuk, said that all the remaining women, children and the elderly can leave the Azovstal steel factory in the besieged city of Mariupol.
She said: “The president’s order has been carried out: all women, children and the elderly have been evacuated from Azovstal. This part of the Mariupol humanitarian operation has been completed.”
Cities in Ukraine are preparing for an expected increase in attacks ahead of Russia, which celebrates its traditional victory day on Monday.
Johnson to meet with arms companies about production
Mr Johnson will host a meeting of arms companies later this month to discuss increasing production in response to the question raised by the conflict in Ukraine.
Officials said the announcement would help support the British arms industry, which could benefit from the global shift away from relying on equipment from Vladimir Putin’s sanctions-hit Russia.
The prime minister said: “Putin’s brutal attack not only causes untold destruction in Ukraine, it also threatens peace and security throughout Europe.”
The funding comes on top of previous commitments of around £ 1.5bn, which included £ 400m in humanitarian aid and loan guarantees for £ 700m in additional World Bank loans.
US promises artillery shells and radars
President Biden has promised a package including artillery shells, radars and other military equipment.
The G7 leaders’ virtual meeting on Sunday could also consider additional sanctions against Russia.
The White House sees the rally as a way to show Western unity on the eve of Moscow’s May 9 victory day parade.
There have been speculations that the Russian president had hoped to use the symbolically important date to mark his success in Ukraine, but the fierce resistance set up by the Kyiv troops has destroyed such a claim.
The UK Department of Defense said Russia’s ability to fight with modern equipment was compromised by losses in Ukraine and the impact of sanctions.
The MoD said at least one of Russia’s most advanced T-90M tanks had been destroyed in combat, while sanctions had restricted access to micro-electronic components for sophisticated equipment.
Ukrainian war: UK promises extra £ 1.3bn in military support for Zelensky’s forces as G7 leaders set to hold talks with president | World news
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