Yesterday the British government announced that Ukraine would receive Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) to help defend against Russian invasion. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said in a statement: “The UK stands with Ukraine in this fight and plays a leading role in providing its heroic troops with the vital weapons they need. need to defend their country against an unprovoked invasion. support, I believe Ukraine can win. “As Russia’s tactics change, our support for Ukraine must also change.
“These high-performance multiple launch rocket systems will better protect our Ukrainian friends against the brutal use of long-range artillery, which Putin’s forces have used indiscriminately to raze cities.”
Weapons supplies from Western allies proved invaluable to the Ukrainians, as one soldier’s comments point out.
Speaking to France 24 in March, a Ukrainian soldier named Viktor showed reporters his NLAW anti-tank missile system as well as a Russian soldier’s helmet.
He said: “This one was pulled from this beautiful thing. And I want to say a big thank you to our fellow Brits helping out.”
Viktor added that the Russian troops were “scattered around the city (Kyiv), hiding in the residential area, destroying their own machines.
He continued: “Sooner or later, I personally think that in the near future we will send them all back to the border.”
In March, there were also reports of Ukrainians saying “God save the Queen” while firing their guns.
Zhenya Dove, a Ukrainian who moved to Scotland 13 years ago, said in a speech to the Scottish Conservative Party Conference: ‘Our wonderful country has stepped up and shown the world how this should be done. .
“Long before anyone in the EU has had time to finish their morning croissants.
“Italy was worried about Gucci sales and Germany was shipping abandoned helmets to the Polish border.
“British anti-tank weapons were used in the front line to the joyous chant of ‘God Save the Queen’.”
On May 20, the UK pledged to send an additional £440 million in lethal aid to Ukraine.
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This includes 120 armored vehicles, 5,800 anti-tank missiles, five air defense systems, 1,000 rockets and 4.5 tons of explosives.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also pledged electronic warfare equipment, a counter-battery radar system, GPS jamming equipment and thousands of night vision devices.
Britain has also trained more than 22,000 Ukrainian soldiers.
But this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Western countries against supplying Ukraine.
He said he would hit new targets if advanced rocket systems were supplied to Ukraine, adding that the new arms deliveries to Kyiv are aimed at “prolonging the conflict”.
Moscow “will draw the appropriate conclusions and use our weapons… to hit the targets we have not yet hit,” the Russian leader said, without specifying which targets he was talking about.
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Brooks Newmark, the former Tory MP for Braintree who helped rescue thousands of refugees from the country, believes Prime Minister Boris Johnson may have to drag the UK into a direct conflict with Russia.
Having traveled across Ukraine organizing buses to rescue refugees, Mr Newmark saw firsthand the impact of the Russian invasion.
He told Express.co.uk last month: “Putin already thinks he is at war with us. We should stop pretending that we are going to annoy Putin.
“Putin couldn’t be more annoyed, he already thinks we’re in the war and he already thinks he’s in a battle with NATO.
“We were ready to go to Iraq and Afghanistan, Ukraine is a European country and on our border.
“We can’t just sit idly by and see what happened to Bucha, see the devastation and sit idly by while Putin ups the ante with these war crimes,
“Putin has committed war crime after war crime in Syria, we have seen the devastation in eastern Aleppo. He thinks he can walk into Ukraine and kill with impunity.
“My approach is much more hawkish on this than most. I think if he continues on the path that he is, we may have to stand up and be counted. We may have to get involved in this war in a more direct way.