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Klug promises more ambulances for Ukraine during visit to country

James Cleverly has announced a package of “hands-on” support to help Ukraine through the winter during a visit to the war-torn nation.

The foreign minister was to meet President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during his visit, which comes days after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s trip to Kyiv.

Mr Cleverly announced the practical support as Ukraine’s power grid and other critical infrastructure were hit by Russian strikes, causing blackouts and leaving millions without heat, power or water as temperatures plummeted.

Britain will send 35 other emergency vehicles, including 24 ambulances and six armored vehicles, to the country.

The Foreign Secretary also announced a further £3million to help rebuild local infrastructure, including schools and shelter, as well as additional funding to support sexual assault survivors.

Mr Cleverly said: “As winter rolls in, Russia continues to seek to break Ukraine’s resolve through its brutal attacks on civilians, hospitals and energy infrastructure. Russia will fail.

“Britain stands shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine. I announced today a package of practical support for our Ukrainian friends in their struggle, from ambulances to critical support for survivors of sexual violence at the hands of the Russian military.

“I’ve seen firsthand here how the UK’s efforts are helping brave citizens resist and rebuild. Our support will continue until this remarkable country recovers.”

The UK is also providing £5million to a Ukraine-led initiative, channeled through the United Nations World Food Programme, to deliver grain to countries most at risk of famine, including Yemen and Sudan.

Environment Secretary Therese Coffey said: “I am delighted that the UK Government can support President Zelensky’s work to get Ukrainian grain to some of the poorest and most vulnerable countries in the world.

“Global food security is in all of our interests – and helping Ukrainian farmers and the agricultural sector to continue producing and exporting food in these most challenging circumstances is vital to that security.”

Mr Sunak’s visit to Kyiv last Saturday was accompanied by the announcement of a £50m defense aid package, which includes 125 anti-aircraft guns and technology, to help Ukraine fend off Iranian-supplied drones, including radar and anti-drone equipment.

The prime minister said it was “deeply humbling” to be in the Ukrainian capital and he was “proud” of how Britain has supported the country since the invasion of Moscow began.

He is following in the footsteps of his predecessors Boris Johnson and Liz Truss in his vocal support for Kyiv.

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