The UK has been the second largest donor of military aid to Ukraine since the start of Russia’s invasion of the country in February 2022, second only to the US.
Tensions in the conflict escalated again this week when Moscow launched a missile attack on the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on Monday after Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed a “terrorist attack” on a bridge connecting Russia and annexed Crimea.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace’s last visit to Kyiv was at the end of September, when he said British support against Kremlin advances “will continue into 2023 and beyond”.
Here is the military support the UK has given to Ukraine over the course of the war so far.
– What deadly aid has the UK sent so far?
According to the Defense Ministry, more than 10,000 anti-tank missiles, including Nlaw, Javelin and Brimstone missiles, have been handed over to Ukraine since the start of the war to bolster its armed forces.
The government also confirmed that nearly 100,000 rounds of artillery ammunition, nearly three million rounds of small arms ammunition, 2,600 anti-structure ammunition and 4.5 tons of plastic explosives were sent into the country.
Six Stormer vehicles with Starstreak launchers, along with “hundreds” of short-range surface-to-air missiles, more than 28 M109 155mm self-propelled guns, 36 L119 105mm artillery pieces and ammunition, and more than 2,000 unmanned aerial systems were also deployed.
Counter-battery radar systems and communications and electronic warfare equipment were also donated.
– What other military support has the UK sent to Ukraine to help it in the conflict?
In addition to arms, the UK provided significant amounts of armor and protective gear, medical supplies and winter clothing.
More than 82,000 helmets, 8,450 sets of body armor, medical supplies and more than 5,000 night vision goggles were supplied along with 20,000 sets of winter clothing.
In late August, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry pledged six autonomous underwater minesweepers to help ships transporting important global grain supplies get safely off the country’s shores.
In addition, more than 200 armored vehicles and more than 120 logistics vehicles were gifted.
The UK has also trained around 27,000 Ukrainian soldiers since 2015.
– What ongoing support has the UK pledged to Ukraine?
Late last month Prime Minister Liz Truss said the government would spend at least £2.3billion in 2023 to at least match, if not surpass, the 2022 total.