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UK to send dozens of artillery guns and hundreds of drones to Ukraine

The UK will supply dozens of artillery guns, hundreds of drones and hundreds of other anti-tank weapons to Ukraine in the coming weeks, the Defense Secretary has revealed.

The delivery of the new equipment will significantly boost UK support as the country fights to repel Russia’s brutal and unwarranted invasion.

More than 20 M109 155mm self-propelled guns and 36 L119 105mm artillery guns will soon arrive from the UK, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace announced in an update to Parliament today. Counter-battery radar systems and more than 50,000 rounds for existing Soviet-era Ukrainian artillery will also follow, he added.

This equipment will strengthen the ability of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to defend against Russia’s indiscriminate use of artillery.

The UK will also send more than 1,600 additional anti-tank weapons in the coming weeks, as well as drones, including hundreds of errant aerial munitions.

So far, 6,900 NLAW, Javelin, Brimstone and other anti-tank weapons, as well as 16,000 artillery shells, six Stormer vehicles equipped with Starstreak anti-aircraft missile launchers and hundreds of missiles have been sent to Ukraine.

The UK also provided Brimstone maritime missiles, multiple rocket launchers, 120 armored fighting vehicles and large amounts of non-lethal aid, including over 82,000 helmets, 8,450 sets of body armor and more. 5,000 night vision devices.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said:

The scale and range of equipment we provide demonstrates the strength of our determination. Together with our international partners, we will ensure that Ukraine has the necessary tools to defend its country against Putin’s illegal invasion.

The uprising comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in June that the UK would provide another £1billion in military support to Ukraine.

The funding, which brings British military support and wider regional activity since the outbreak of war to £2.3billion, will herald a new phase in support from the international community, enabling Ukraine to go beyond its valiant defense against the illegal Russian invasion and to mount offensive operations. .

The next phase of military support, paid for with this additional funding, will include even more sophisticated air defense systems, unmanned aerial vehicles and innovative new electronic warfare equipment.

It comes after the UK launched a major training operation for Ukrainian forces, with the potential to train up to 10,000 troops.

The Defense Secretary recently visited some of the first Ukrainian soldiers taking part in the programme, which takes place at sites in the North West, South West and South East of the UK.