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UK pledges extra £1.3bn in military support for Zelenskyy's forces to fight 'Putin's brutal attack'

The UK will provide additional PS1.3bn of military support to Ukrainian forces fighting against Russia’s invasion.

The UK’s highest level of military spending in a conflict is attributable to the escalation in British assistance for Volodymyrzey’s forces.

The PS1.3bn is drawn from the UK’s reserves and includes PS300m military equipment promised earlier this week by Boris Johnson.

On Sunday, Mr Johnson, US President Joe Biden, and leaders of other G7 countries will meet with Mr Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian president to discuss additional support.

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Johnson promised a military kit that would include anti-battery radar systems for targeting Russian artillery, night vision devices, and GPS jamming equipment.


Johnson will meet with arms companies to discuss production

Johnson will host an arms company meeting later in the month to discuss increasing production to meet the demand for the conflict in Ukraine.

Officials stated that the announcement would support the British arms sector, which could reap the benefits of the global shift away form dependence on equipment from Russia’s sanctions-hit Vladimir Putin.

The PM stated that Putin’s brutal attack was not only causing untold destruction in Ukraine but it also threatens peace and security throughout Europe.

This funding is in addition to previous commitments of approximately PS1.5bn that included PS400m in humanitarian assistance and loan guarantees for PS700m additional World Bank lending.

Image: President Biden promised a package that included artillery shells, radars, and other military equipment. Pic by AP

Key developments:

* Saturday night, the governor of Luhansk stated that a school was damaged and that many people were trapped in their homes after a Russian bomb struck a school in Bilohorivka.

* Russia launched six cruise missiles at Odesa. Social media videos showed thick smoke rising over the Black Sea port.

* A Russian missile struck a Kharkiv national museum. Mr Zelenskyy stated that Russian forces had destroyed or damaged approximately 200 cultural heritage sites in the region during the war.

* US First Lady Jill Biden visited the Ukrainian refugees in Romania on Saturday. She praised their “amazingly strong, resilient” character.

* The World Health Organisation documented 200 attacks on Ukrainian healthcare facilities during the war, despite Russia denying that it targets civilians.

* The Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Donbas Region claimed that they defeated nine enemy attacks Saturday. They destroyed 19 tanks and 24 other armored vehicles, as well as a helicopter.

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Ukraine’s cities are bracing for an increase in attacks before Russia’s Victory Day holiday Monday.

Rumours circulated that the Russian president wanted to use the symbolically important date to celebrate his victory in Ukraine. However, the strong resistance of Kyiv’s forces has stopped any such speculation.

According to the Ministry of Defence of the UK, Russia’s ability of fighting with modern equipment was being affected by losses in Ukraine as well as sanctions.

According to the MoD, at least one Russian T-90M tank was destroyed during fighting. Sanctions were also in place that restricted access to microelectronic parts for complex equipment.

In the meantime, Zelenskyy stated in Saturday’s nightly address that Mariupol’s situation was still very dire.

He stated that children, women, and elderly were evacuated from a steel mill where they were sheltering with a few Ukrainian fighters. It is unclear if civilians were allowed to leave.

Next was to organize the evacuation of the injured and the assistance of medical personnel.

He said that while it was extremely difficult to secure safe passage for the Ukrainian soldiers, it was important.

“I think everyone can understand the root cause of the complication and where it is located.

“But we don’t lose hope. We do not stop. We are always looking for diplomatic options that work.”

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