Russia attacks ‘arrogant British’ after Sunak visits Ukraine to announce new aid

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Rishi Sunak will visit Kyiv today as he announces a new package of military aid, security assurances and humanitarian support.

Mr Sunak will sign a UK-Ukraine Agreement on Security Cooperation with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy – committing the UK to provide intelligence sharing, cyber security, medical and military training, and defence industrial cooperation.

The UK will provide £2.5bn in military aid to Ukraine in 2024-25, an increase of £200m on the previous two years, the prime minister announced.

It comes as the Ukrainian president presses allies in the West to provide the country with more support to fight back against Vladimir Putin’s Russian forces, amid fears interest in the war is flagging as the war drags on.

The crisis in the Middle East has also turned global attention away from the conflict, as Israel continues to bombard Gaza – and the US and Britain launch strikes against military targets linked to Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Mr Sunak stressed the UK’s continued backing for Kyiv ahead of his meeting with President Zelenskyy.

He said: “For two years, Ukraine has fought with great courage to repel a brutal Russian invasion. They are still fighting, unfaltering in their determination to defend their country and defend the principles of freedom and democracy.”

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“The UK will also not falter. We will stand with Ukraine, in their darkest hours and in the better times to come.

“The UK is already one of Ukraine’s closest partners, because we recognise their security is our security.

“Today we are going further – increasing our military aid, delivering thousands of cutting-edge drones, and signing a historic new security agreement to provide Ukraine with the assurances it needs for the long term.”

Mr Sunak made his first visit to Ukraine in November 2022, weeks after entering Number 10.

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