14:16 23 May 2024

United to win: Britain bolsters Ukraine's air defense with aid package


British Defense Minister Grant Shapps said a military package worth 150 million pounds (over 217 million euros) is being sent to Ukraine to strengthen air and sea defense.

The Sun reports this.

According to him, this package will help protect Ukraine's destroyed infrastructure.

The UK and its allies handed over £70m (€81m) of air defense radars, false targets, and electronic warfare systems.

In addition, £80 million (over €110 million) is allocated to:

  • small boats,
  • reconnaissance drones,
  • unmanned surface ships.

"The International Fund for Ukraine is providing vital support to Ukraine's armed forces to meet their urgent asset needs. This includes more air defense systems to protect Ukrainian civilians and infrastructure and naval assets to strengthen the naval forces," he declared.

Great Britain is the largest donor, with 500 million pounds. Denmark, Estonia, Finland, and Germany are also part of the alliance.

It should be noted that the Ministry of Defense announced positive developments regarding the supply of air defense systems to Ukraine.

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It should be noted that the German government launched an initiative on April 17 to find additional means of air defense that can be transferred to Ukraine. Berlin later reported that discussions were being made with Denmark and the Netherlands to finance the initiative.

Belgium also announced 200 million euros for the German initiative in April, and  Canada pledged more than $55 million in May

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius also announced his intention to purchase three HIMARS rocket launchers from the United States and transfer them to Ukraine.

Moreover, at the 22nd meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group ("Ramstein format"), which took place the day before, several countries expressed their support for Germany's initiative to find air defense equipment for Kyiv.

According to information, Belgium, Denmark, Canada, the Netherlands, and Norway will finance the initiative to find air defense equipment for Ukraine.

In addition, Belgium, Great Britain, Spain, Lithuania, Romania, the USA, and France promised to help with "equipment and missiles" (probably not necessarily within the scope of the German initiative), and Latvia expressed a desire to join the initiative.

However, Politico reported that Germany's air defense initiative for Ukraine failed because most countries did not follow Berlin's example.

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