Prime Minister announces further aid for Ukraine at NATO meeting
The prime minister has announced further aid for Ukraine in the ongoing war with Russia at an emergency NATO meeting in Brussels.
Mr Johnson warned that, if the Russian president used chemical weapons, the consequences would be “catastrophic for him”.
Speaking at a news conference following the Nato summit, Mr Johnson defended the level of the UK’s support for Ukraine, saying the government planned to send 6,000 more missiles to the country.
An extra £25m in aid will also be provided to help Ukraine pay the salaries of its armed forces.
The PM said kit would be provided to Ukraine to defend against “its bullying neighbour”.
Mr Johnson also promised a new deployment of UK troops to Bulgaria, on top of doubling troops both in Poland and in Estonia.
Nato announced that new battle groups would be created in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia in a bid to help Ukraine.
“The message Putin can take is: Ukraine is not alone. We stand with the people of Kyiv, Mariupol, Lviv and Donetsk,” Mr Johnson said.
“As President Zelensky himself has said, the people of Ukraine must prevail and Putin must fail – and he will.”
So far the UK government has given £400m in humanitarian and economic aid to Ukraine and its neighbouring nations since Russia’s invasion last month.
The PM said ministers had sanctioned more than 1,000 Russian individuals and entities so far in the toughest sanctions the UK had ever imposed.
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