Britain will provide Ukraine with an additional £1 billion (US$1.2 billion) in military aid, the British government said on Wednesday (June 29), as NATO labeled Russia the greatest “immediate threat” to Western security .
The funding will go towards strengthening Ukraine’s defense capabilities, including air defense systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, new electronic warfare equipment and thousands of pieces of equipment for Ukrainian soldiers.
“British weapons, equipment and training are transforming Ukraine’s defenses against this attack. And we will stand firmly behind the Ukrainian people to ensure Putin fails in Ukraine,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement.
The latest funding comes after Britain said in May it would provide an additional £1.3 billion in military aid and aid to Ukraine, bringing the UK’s total military and economic aid to £3.8 billion this year.
Ukrainian troops have also started training in Britain after Johnson offered to launch a major operation with the potential to train up to 10,000 soldiers every 120 days.
At a NATO summit dominated by the Russian invasion, which Moscow says is a “special military operation” to rid Ukraine of dangerous nationalists, NATO agreed on plans to modernize Kiev’s armed forces, saying that she fully supported the “heroic defense of their country”.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video link to the summit in Madrid that Ukraine needed $5 billion a month for its defense and protection.