UK to send more weapons to Ukraine in conflict with Russia

The UK is increasing its supply of weapons to Ukraine to help it defend itself against Russian attack, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has said.

Mr Wallace told MPs the UK would also deliver a small consignment of longer range Javelin missiles and was looking at sending surface-to-air missiles. Small arms, body armour and medical supplies have also been sent, he added.

In response to a request from Ukraine, the government was exploring the possibility of sending high-velocity Starstreak manned portable anti-air missiles, he said.

“We believe that this system will remain within the definition of defensive weapons but will allow the Ukrainian force to better defend their skies.”

Announcing the delivery of more anti-tank weapons, Mr Wallace said the UK was also “exploring” the possibility of supplying Ukraine with Starstreak surface-to-air missiles. The challenge will be how to train Ukrainians to use them, without British boots on the ground.

The UK is not alone in sending weapons to Ukraine, but most countries only started to send weapons in response to the Russian invasion, which began on 24 February.

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