Britain to increase Ukraine support to £2.5bn, Rishi Sunak announces
The UK is stepping up its support for Ukraine with a significant £2.5bn boost in military aid, marking the largest annual commitment since Russia’s invasion. Rishi Sunak announced this during a visit to Ukraine, where they will also ink a new agreement focused on Ukraine’s enduring security.
The aid package includes provisions for long-range missiles, air defence, and artillery shells, with approximately £200m earmarked for drones, primarily of UK origin. This upcoming financial year, starting in April will witness the most extensive drone delivery to Ukraine from any country, according to officials.
Notably, the Prime Minister has opted for a one-year commitment instead of a multi-year financial pledge, a decision met with various opinions among ministers and military leaders. Some argued privately that a more extended commitment would send a stronger message to Moscow regarding Britain’s sustained support.