UK provides arms to Ukraine
Published: 03:20 PM, 18 January 2022 Updated: 03:21 PM, 18 January 2022
UK (United Kingdom) will supply short-range anti-tank missiles to the Ukrain as self-defense after Russia deploys about 1 lakh troops on its border. UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace confirmed the news.
The British defense secretary added that there were "legitimate and real reasons" to be concerned about rumors that Russian troops might invade Ukraine.It also said it would send a small contingent of British troops to Ukraine for training.
Russia, however, has denied any involvement in the plot, and has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating 'Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia's intelligence have been made repeatedly. Dozens of British troops have been in Ukraine since 2015 to help train the armed forces. The United Kingdom has also promised to help rebuild Ukraine's navy following Russia's 2014 invasion of Crimea.
Wallace says the United Kingdom will provide additional assistance to protect Ukraine in the face of Russia's increasingly threatening behavior. The first batch of light anti-armour weapons were sent on Monday, but the defense secretary did not specify the weapons.
He says he has all the rights to protect Ukraine's borders and that this new aid package has further enhanced Ukraine's capabilities. This support is for short range and clearly defensive weapon capabilities. These are neither strategic weapons nor a threat to Russia. These will be used in self-defense.
The United Kingdom believes that if Russia takes any unstable steps in Ukraine, it is ready to go for a package of international sanctions. The defense secretary said any attack would be seen as an "occupation" that could result in heavy casualties on all sides.
'We want to be friends with the Russian people, as we have been for hundreds of years,' he said. There is a world where we can have mutually beneficial relations with Russia. I am still optimistic that diplomacy will win.
Ukraine's ambassador to the UK Vadim Pristiko welcomed Britain's decision. He told the BBC the biggest problem was that they were not members of NATO. We wanted to stay in NATO. Because we ourselves are facing the largest army in Europe.