Kyiv to receive 100 air defense missiles by June, says British Defense Minister

UK Defense Minister Grant Shapps
UK Defense Minister Grant Shapps

Britain has sent 80 air defense missiles to Ukraine since the beginning of May and another 20 are to be delivered by June, the British tabloid The Sun wrote on May 19, citing Defense Minister Grant Shapps.

He urged allies to speed up military assistance to Kyiv amid Russia's offensive in Kharkiv Oblast and help arm Ukraine to avoid the “biggest threat” to world order this century.

“Last week’s events should serve as a wake-up call to the West,” he told The Sun.

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"Warm words are not enough. Every nation that values their freedom must step-up and provide what they can, as quickly as they can, to ensure the Ukrainian Armed Forces can fight off the illegal invasion."

According to Shapps, London “has been able to up its aid to Ukraine to £3 billion ($3.8 billion) this year.”

On April 23, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced the allocation of the largest aid package to Ukraine in history from the United Kingdom, totaling over half a billion pounds sterling ($600 million), including 60 boats, over 1600 strike and anti-aircraft missiles, additional long-range Storm Shadow missiles, and over 400 units of various equipment.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with British Secretary of State for Defense Grant Shapps in Kyiv on March 7, 2024. Among other things, they discussed the establishment of joint weapons production.

The Telegraph reported in February 2023 that senior British defense industry officials were discussing the possibility of arms production in Ukraine. British managers visited Ukraine to establish joint ventures that would produce weapons and equipment under license.

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