UK PM addresses Ukrainian lawmakers, promises more military aid

UK PM addresses Ukrainian lawmakers, promises more military aid

UK PM addresses Ukrainian lawmakers, promises more military aid

UK PM addresses Ukrainian lawmakers, promises more military aid

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In a remote address to parliament in Kyiv on Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised additional £300 million ($376 million, 358 million euros) in UK military aid for Ukraine, hailing the country’s resistance to Russia as its “finest hour.”

Johnson praised Kyiv for battling “with the intensity and valour of lions” in his video address to Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, the first by a foreign leader since Russia invaded on February 24.

“This is Ukraine’s finest hour, that will be remembered and recounted for generations to come,” said Johnson, using a phrase first used by his hero Winston Churchill in a speech in 1940.

“The so-called irresistible force of (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s war machine has broken on the immoveable object of Ukrainian patriotism and love of country.

“We will carry on supplying Ukraine… with weapons, funding and humanitarian aid until we have achieved our long-term goal, which must be so to fortify Ukraine that no one will ever dare to attack you again,” he told Ukrainian lawmakers.

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The latest defensive aid from London will include electronic warfare equipment, a counter-battery radar system, GPS jamming technology, and thousands of night vision gadgets.

It declared last week that it will provide Ukraine armoured vehicles capable of firing missiles at invading Russian aircraft, in addition to prior donations of anti-tank missiles, air defence equipment, and tonnes of plastic explosives.

The UK will also ship heavy-lift Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems “to provide logistical assistance to isolated forces” in the coming weeks, according to Johnson’s Downing Street office.

Meanwhile, over a dozen new customised Toyota Landcruisers are on their way to Ukraine to assist with the protection of civilian officials in the country’s east and the evacuation of individuals from frontline areas, according to the statement.

The Kremlin has slammed Western countries for increasing military gear supplies, warning that they risk worsening the crisis and that Russia reserves the right to retaliate to any direct engagement.

On the diplomatic front, Britain’s embassy in Kyiv is reopening, with Melinda Simmons, the country’s top envoy, telling the UK Sunday newspaper “The Observer” that it “feels like the right place to be.”

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