Defence Secretary Ben Wallace announced that the UK would supply Ukraine with additional multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), as well as a significant number of precision-guided missiles that can strike targets up to 80km away, the UK’s Embassy in Kyiv reported.
The decision comes following the successful use of MLRS by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, gifted by the UK earlier this year.
“This latest tranche of military support will enable the Armed Forces of Ukraine to continue to defend against Russian aggression and the indiscriminate use of long-range artillery. Our continued support sends a very clear message, Britain and the international community remain opposed to this illegal war and will stand shoulder-to-shoulder, providing defensive military aid to Ukraine to help them defend against Putin’s invasion,” Defence Secretary Ben Wallace MP said.
The official added that Ukrainian troops had been trained in the UK on how to use the launchers so that they can maximise the effectiveness of the systems.
Besides, the UK made a commitment to training up to 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers in infantry battlefield skills over the coming months. Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and the Netherlands also announced they would be supporting the programme.
“Recognising the relentless courage and determination of the Ukrainian people, the UK and its allies will begin to establish a plan of action to support Ukraine into 2023,” the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported.