Speaking at a press conference today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the UK will send a further £100m of lethal aid to Ukraine, including more anti-aircraft missiles, anti-tank missiles and loitering munitions.
“Today I can announce the UK will send a further £100m worth of high-grade military equipment to Ukraine’s armed forces including more star streak anti-aircraft missiles which fly at three times the speed of sound, another 800 anti-tank missiles and precision munitions capable to lingering in the sky until directed to their target,” he said.
“We will also send more helmets, night vision and body armour on top of the 200,000 pieces of non-lethal military equipment the UK has already dispatched. But Olaf and I agree that our two countries, and our allies must go further and provide more help to Ukraine.”
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) April 8, 2022
Earlier today I reported that Britain will be sending an unspecified number of Mastiff heavily armoured vehicles to Ukraine, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has confirmed.
It is understood that the vehicles will be stripped of sensitive equipment with British troops sent to a country neighbouring Ukraine to provide training.
What’s happening on the ground?
Russian forces have now fully withdrawn from northern Ukraine say the British Ministry of Defence in an intelligence update. The intelligence update advises that some of these forces will be transferred to the east to fight in Donbas.
The forces will require replenishment before being deployed further east, with any mass redeployment from the north likely to take at least a week, the ministry added.
The latest Defence Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine reads as follows.
- In the north, Russian forces have now fully withdrawn from Ukraine to Belarus and Russia. At least some of these forces will be transferred to East Ukraine to fight in the Donbas.
- Many of these forces will require significant replenishment before being ready to deploy further east, with any mass redeployment from the north likely to take at least a week minimum.
- Russian shelling of cities in the east and south continues and Russian forces have advanced further south from the strategically important city of Izium which remains under their control.
Latest Defence Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine – 8 April 2022
Find out more about the UK government's response: https://t.co/lrfW1pqwQe
— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) April 8, 2022