Britain to send 6,000 more missiles to Ukrainian Armed Forces

Britain is to send thousands more missiles to the kyiv government as Boris Johnson urged Western allies to help ‘keep the flame of freedom alive’ in Ukraine.

The Prime Minister travels to Brussels on Thursday for talks with fellow NATO and G7 leaders on the situation one month after the Russian invasion.

He will take advantage of his visit to present the details of a new support program for the Ukrainian army, including 6,000 additional missiles including anti-tank and high-explosive weapons.

In addition, the UK is providing £25m from the Foreign Office’s Conflict Security and Stabilization Fund to help pay the salaries of Ukrainian soldiers and pilots fighting the Russians.

Ahead of his visit to the Belgian capital, Mr Johnson urged other Western leaders to step up the supply of military equipment to kyiv and to double down on sanctions against Russia.

“Vladimir Putin is already failing in Ukraine. The people of Ukraine have shown themselves to be extraordinarily brave and tenacious in defending their homeland from an unprovoked attack,” he said.

“But we cannot and will not sit idly by while Russia grinds Ukrainian cities to dust. The UK will work with our allies to step up military and economic support for Ukraine, bolstering their defenses as they turn this fight around.

“One month into this crisis, the international community faces a choice. We can keep the flame of freedom alive in Ukraine, or risk it being extinguished across Europe and the world.

Britain has already sent more than 4,000 anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, including Next Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon Systems (Nlaws) and Javelin missiles.

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The UK is also supplying and training Ukrainian troops in the use of Starstreak high-velocity anti-aircraft missiles, as well as body armor, helmets and combat boots.

In a separate move, the government is to provide an additional £4.1million to the BBC World Service to tackle disinformation in Russia and Ukraine, as well as new support for the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab will chair a meeting of justice and foreign ministers in The Hague to coordinate support for ICC war crimes investigations.

He is expected to announce an additional £1million in funding for the tribunal, as well as new support from British intelligence-gathering soldiers and Scotland Yard’s war crimes team.