FILE PHOTO: British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace attends a news conference following his talks with Russian Defense Secretary Sergei Shoigu February 11, 2022 in Moscow, Russia. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
March 31, 2022
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain and its allies have agreed to send more deadly military aid to Ukraine to defend it against Russian invasion, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said on Thursday.
“As a result of today more deadly aid will go to Ukraine. A number of countries have come forward with either new ideas or actually pledged more money,” Wallace told reporters after hosting over 35 international partners at the second International Defense Donor Conference for Ukraine (IDDCU).
Assistance will include the provision of air and coastal defense systems, longer-range artillery and counter-battery capabilities, armored vehicles, and more extensive training and logistical support.
“Today’s pledging conference demonstrates the determination of the international community to support Ukraine in the face of President Putin’s illegal and unprovoked invasion of Russian forces,” Wallace said in a later statement.
“We are increasing our coordination to increase this military support and ensure that Ukraine’s armed forces grow stronger while continuing to hold off Russian forces.”
Moscow is calling the invasion, which it launched on February 24, a “military special operation” aimed at demilitarizing and “denazifying” its neighbor – which Ukraine and the West have dismissed as an unfounded pretext for war.
(Reporting by James Davey; Editing by William James and Mark Porter)
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