British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK would help Ukraine “continue to push back the Russian invasion and survive as a free and democratic country”.
Britain has already sent anti-tank and anti-ship missiles, air defence systems and other weapon systems to Ukraine. This extra £1.3bn worth of support includes everything from radars to night vision devices.
The UK government have said that this is the highest rate of spending on a conflict since Iraq and Afghanistan. It is understood that the extra spending will come from a reserve used by the government for emergencies.
Boris Johnson said:
“Putin’s brutal attack is not only causing untold devastation in Ukraine, it is also threatening peace and security across Europe.”
What are the recent developments?
At least one of Russia’s most advanced tanks, the T-90M, has been destroyed by Ukrainian troops the British Ministry of Defence has said.
According to an intelligence update from the British Ministry of Defence:
“At least one T-90M, Russia’s most advanced tank, has been destroyed in fighting. The T-90M was introduced in 2016 and includes improved armour, an upgraded gun and enhanced satellite navigation systems.
Approximately 100 T-90M tanks are currently in service amongst Russia’s best equipped units, including those fighting in Ukraine. The system’s upgraded armour, designed to counter anti-tank weaponry, remains vulnerable if unsupported by other force elements.
The conflict in Ukraine is taking a heavy toll on some of Russia’s most capable units and most advanced capabilities. It will take considerable time and expense for Russia to reconstitute its armed forces following this conflict.
It will be particularly challenging to replace modernised and advanced equipment due to sanctions restricting Russia’s access to critical microelectronic components.”