British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will unveil a £25 million financial package for Ukraine’s armed forces on Thursday, along with 6,000 defensive missiles, as part of efforts to bolster Western military and economic support for Ukraine.
At a meeting with his G7 and NATO counterparts in Brussels, Johnson is expected to urge leaders to double down on economic sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s regime and step up defensive lethal aid, arguing that the world “cannot not and will not stand idly by” in the face of Russian aggression.
“One month into this crisis, the international community is faced with a choice,” the Prime Minister said. “We can keep the flame of freedom alive in Ukraine, or risk it being extinguished across Europe and the world.”
The additional £25 million from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office will come from the Security and Conflict Stabilization Fund and will fund the salaries and equipment of Ukraine’s police and armed forces. BBC World Service will also receive £4.1 million to counter misinformation in the region.
Over the past few weeks, Johnson has maintained regular contact with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who earlier this month delivered a virtual address to the House of Commons.
During a call between the two men on Wednesday, Johnson stressed his admiration for the Ukrainian military and said the continued “bombardment” of civilian areas, including Mariupol, was “unconscionable”.
“The Prime Minister announced his intention to use the G7 and NATO meetings tomorrow to increase pressure on Vladimir Putin’s regime and work with partners to significantly increase defensive lethal assistance to Ukraine” , a Downing Street spokesman said on Wednesday.