Rishi Sunak to announce £500-million military aid package for Ukraine on visit to Poland

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Photo: Rishi Sunak/X (video screenshot)

On April 23, British PM Rishi Sunak will officially announce the “largest-ever” military aid package for Ukraine as he arrives in Poland to meet with Polish PM Donald Tusk and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

This was stated by the official British government website.

£500 million ($617 million) will be used to provide ammunition, air defence, UK-made drones and engineering support to the Ukrainian frontline.

The Ministry of Defence of the UK will also send a package of equipment which will include:

  • 60 boats including offshore raiding craft, rigid raiding craft and dive boats as well as maritime guns.
  • More than 1,600 strike and air defence missiles, as well as additional Storm Shadow long-range precision-guided missiles.
  • More than 400 vehicles, including 160 protected mobility ‘Husky’ vehicles, 162 armoured vehicles and 78 all-terrain vehicles.
  • Nearly 4 million rounds of small arms ammunition.

“Defending Ukraine against Russia’s brutal ambitions is vital for our security and for all of Europe. If Putin is allowed to succeed in this war of aggression, he will not stop at the Polish border,” Sunak commented on the aid for Ukraine.

As for UK-Poland cooperation, Sunak will offer Tusk to deploy an RAF Typhoon Squadron to carry out NATO Air Policing over Poland in 2025.

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