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U.K. Pledges Increased Artillery Support to Ukraine

By Justice Nwafor
U.K. Pledges Increased Artillery Support to Ukraine
U.K. Pledges Increased Artillery Support to Ukraine

The United Kingdom has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting Ukraine in its ongoing struggle against Russian aggression, by pledging to provide the nation with tens of thousands more artillery shells in the upcoming months. This announcement was made by the British Defense Secretary Grant Shapps during the 15th meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group (UDCG) in Germany.

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Unwavering Support for Ukraine

The UK has already delivered over 300,000 artillery shells to Ukraine and promises to deliver many more as part of its unwavering support for the country. This commitment was emphasized by both the Defense Secretary and Chief of the Defense Staff, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, during the UDCG meeting. The Group brings together officials and ministers from nearly 50 nations to strategize and coordinate international support for Ukraine.

Defense Secretary Shapps stated that the UK’s priority areas of military support in the forthcoming months would include air defense and long-range strike capabilities, as well as training. This commitment is in line with Ukraine’s stated needs, as the country’s leaders have repeatedly expressed the importance of air defense systems to protect their population and infrastructure from potential Russian airstrikes, and the necessity for artillery support to counterbalance Russia’s advantage in heavy guns on the battlefield.

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International Cooperation

During the meeting, Shapps had the opportunity to meet with the new Defense Minister of Ukraine, Rustem Umerov. They also held a bilateral meeting with the US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, to discuss shared security interests and ongoing work to align international defense industrial output, as well as optimize supply chains to ensure a steady and increased flow of munitions to Ukraine.

Admiral Sir Tony Radakin commented that the gathering of representatives from 50 nations in Germany should be a source of concern for President Putin. This level of international cooperation demonstrates the resolve of the global community to provide Ukraine with the military support it needs through the winter and into 2024.

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A Broader Effort

The UK’s pledge to supply more artillery shells is part of a broader international effort to equip Ukraine to defend itself against potential threats. The UK has been one of the leading providers of military support for Ukraine, having provided £2.3 billion worth of support in 2022 and pledged to maintain that support in 2023. The aid includes a range of non-lethal equipment, such as extreme cold weather clothing, mine detection equipment, and industrial-strength generators, as well as more than 12,000 anti-tank weapons, thousands of air defense missiles, and self-propelled artillery.

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