On Saturday, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promised Ukraine a new supply of anti-aircraft equipment for $60 million. The shipment will contain 120 pieces of anti-aircraft weapons, a radar and a system for combating unmanned aircraft, inform the press agencies AFP and Reuters.

Sunak announced this during his first visit to Kyiv as Prime Minister. In Kyiv, he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Ukraine is asking the world for more air defense systems as Russia attacks its energy infrastructure with drones and long-range missiles.

“While Ukrainian armed forces are successfully pushing out Russian troops on the ground, civilians are being brutally bombarded from the air,” Sunak said in a statement. He added that Britain will also strengthen humanitarian aid to Ukraine ahead of the coming winter and intensify the training it provides to the Ukrainian armed forces. Britain has been a staunch ally of Ukraine since the start of the Russian offensive in February.

“It is a great honor for me to be with you today in your country. The courage of the Ukrainian people is an inspiration to the whole world. Years from now we will tell our grandchildren your story, how proud and sovereign people stood in the face of a terrible attack, how you fought, how you they sacrificed themselves and how you won,” added Sunak.

At a joint press conference, Zelensky praised Sunak’s visit as “significant and useful for both countries”. According to his words the leaders discussed “the possibilities of protecting European and Ukrainian energy security, capabilities in protecting Ukrainian skies, as well as defense cooperation in general”.


“With friends like you by our side, we are confident of our victory,” Zelensky wrote on Twitter.

Sunak, a former Chancellor of the Exchequer, took up the post in October after a brief tenure by Liz Truss. Both she and her predecessor, Boris Johnson, made public support for Ukraine high on their agenda, and Sunak is keeping that commitment.

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