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UK announces largest aid package to Ukraine since beginning of war

UK announces largest aid package to Ukraine since beginning of war Photo: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

The United Kingdom has increased its military aid to Ukraine to £2.5 billion, says the British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

"We are one of the most significant supporters of Ukraine, especially when it comes to providing military aid. I am pleased to be here today to announce an increase in the aid we provide. So we are acting ahead of the expiration of its term, providing new commitments in the amount of £2.5 billion - more than we provided in previous years," he said.

According to the British Prime Minister, the assistance already provided by London is calculated until the beginning of this year.

"Britain wants to announce today the largest aid package since the beginning of the war, amounting to £2.5 billion. This means more security, more anti-tank weapons, more missiles, hundreds of thousands of artillery shells, and the training of thousands of Ukrainian soldiers," stated Sunak.

He added that an additional £200 million will be allocated for the production of hundreds of thousands of new drones.

"This will be the largest aid among any other states. In total, Britain has provided £12 billion in aid to Ukraine," the Prime Minister declared.

He noted that the increase in military aid demonstrates the seriousness of the situation and the UK's determination to support Ukraine.

"That is why I am here with the first foreign visit of the year, the first foreign leader to visit Ukraine this year," he emphasized.

Sunak's visit to Kyiv

On January 12, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak arrived in Kyiv for a working visit. During the visit, he met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Sunak stated that the purpose of his visit is to show that the UK's support for Ukraine will not weaken. The Prime Minister also assured that London will stand with Ukrainians for as long as needed.